Talented candlemaker. Intoxicating courtesan. Lethal assassin. Must Tallow become what she has always denied ... or is it too late? Against a backdrop of bloodshed and turmoil, Tallow flees a city on the brink of war to enter the Limen, determined to find the Estrattore and meet her destiny. But she has already set in motion forces beyond her control, and from Serenissima to Farrowfare her enemies are moving to ensure her compliance - and ultimately, her destruction. Betrayed, manipulated and hunted, Tallow is a pawn in a deadly game. Her only real advantage is that her enemies underestimate her and the power she can wield. But in order to win, she will have to sacrifice everything ... including the man she loves.