Holland’s complex fantasy debut blends myth, palace intrigue, and magic into a tale of self-discovery. It’s set in the kingdom of Sempera where blood is turned into currency and used to buy eternal life. The rich families like the Gerlings extend their lives by imposing excessive taxes on the poor. No one is more resentful of this system than Jules Ember. Years ago she and her father were forced to flee from Everless, the Gerlings' estate where Jules worked as a servant. But now with her father dying, she knows she must return to earn more time for him before it's too late. Going back to Everless brings more danger than Jules could have ever imagined and she's soon immersed in the violent secrets of the Gerling family and the Queen of Sempera.