- Publisher: Penguin USA
- Format: Paperback | 430 pages
- Dimensions: 137mm x 208mm x 36mm | 386g
- Publication date: 8 January 2013
- Publication City/Country: New York, NY
- ISBN 10: 0142424935
- ISBN 13: 9780142424933
- Edition statement: Reprint
- Sales rank: 328,425
Chronicling the rise of the Keepers, this is the stunning prequel to Andrea Cremer's internationally bestselling Nightshade trilogy! Sixteen-year-old Ember Morrow is promised to a group called Conatus after one of their healers saves her mother's life. Once she arrives, Ember finds joy in wielding swords, learning magic, and fighting the encroaching darkness loose in the world. She also finds herself falling in love with her mentor, the dashing, brooding, and powerful Barrow Hess. When the knights realize Eira, one of their leaders, is dabbling in dark magic, Ember and Barrow must choose whether to follow Eira into the nether realm or to pledge their lives to destroying her and her kind. With action, adventure, magic, and tantalizing sensuality, this book is as fast-paced and breathtaking as the Nightshade novels.
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Andrea Cremer is the "New York Times" bestselling author of the Nightshade trilogy and is the writer in residence at Macalester College. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her husband and two dogs.
"A bit different from Nightshade, this is a book for historical and paranormal romance lovers alike. ...A great new book that will leave you breathless." - "Romantic Times " "A richly layered, supernatural romance both appealing and unique." - "School Library Journal ""Cremer's trademark quick pace, romantic sensuality, and strong female characters will have fans clamoring for the next title." - "Booklist "