Commander Nyllas loves the sky more than any underground-dwelling gnome should.
When she encounters a threat that could destroy the mostly-female gnome colony, Nyllas sacrifices herself to protect her people and ends up physically stranded in a hive of pacifist fairies. Games of love and whimsical trickery draw her in - if she ever wants to leave the fairies, she must remember who she is.
But when the bloodthirsty pixies attack the hive, Nyllas becomes the protector who fails to protect. Defeated, she's taken before the pixie Overlord; a man whose cruelty cannot be measured, whose beauty can't be denied... and whose eyes look frightfully familiar.
Shy and gentle Katijan is determined to rescue her sister, Nyllas - but that would be an eyelash short of suicidal. Only when her nemesis, the attractive and headstrong Lyb, prompts her into joining a mission to retrieve a runaway, Katijan's placed right on Nyllas' trail. Now she must make a choice between her blossoming feelings for Lyb or abandoning the group and attempting to rescue her sister.
In a world of heartbroken dragons, bargaining hobs, militant pixies and frolicking fairies, Nyllas and Katijan must each find her own way to navigate the treacherous roads set by Old Mother Fate and the hidden tangles of the heart.
And be ready, when their paths finally cross, to stand together in the reckoning that's to come.
Book cover by @seventhstar