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An orphan bent on revenge. A monster searching for freedom. A forbidden pact that binds their fates together...

Lyss has heard her father’s screams; smelled the iron-tang of his blood. 

She’s witnessed his execution.  

And plotted her revenge.  

Then a violent encounter traps Lyss in a blood-pact with a rarkyn from the otherworld and imbues her with the monster’s forbidden magic. A magic that will erode her sanity. 

To break the pact, she and the rarkyn must journey to the heart of the Empire. All that stands in their way are the mountains and the Empire’s soldiers—and each other.  But horrors await them on the road, horrors even rarkyns fear. 

The most terrifying monster isn’t the one Lyss travels with...  It’s the one that’s awoken inside her.

About The Author

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Nikky Lee is an award-winning author who grew up as a barefoot 90s kid in Perth, Western Australia on Whadjuk Noongar Country. She now lives in Aotearoa New Zealand with a husband, a dog and a couch potato cat. 

In her free time she writes speculative fiction, often burning the candle at both ends to explore fantastic worlds, mine asteroids and meet wizards. She's had over two dozen stories published in magazines, anthologies and on radio. 

Her debut novel, THE RARKYN'S FAMILIAR—an epic tale of a girl bonded to a monster—was published by Parliament House Press in April 2022.

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