The broken kingdom Darkmore exists behind the Veil and beyond human perception, home to the cannibalistic aisa and ruled by the beautiful and effeminate King Sevon Maraté. Years of tyranny and abuse have left Darkmore’s king a shattered man, and Sevon’s fragile hope lies his ungati lover, Jack. Together they fight not only to preserve the worlds beyond the Veil, but to protect their minds and hearts from pain of the past. Sevon has been called many things. Puppet. Trash. Dog. But he must face the most terrifying of all epithets: savior.
(The Darkmore Saga: Book One)
The once glorious aisa kingdom of Darkmore lies in ruins, and King Sevon Maraté is trapped. Sevon endures unrelenting abuse and is used as a scapegoat by Lord Dominic Ravensgrove, who rules Darkmore from the shadows. Coping by dressing in gowns and jewels, the effeminate king relishes the scraps of freedom he is given to be himself.
As a verkolai, Sevon possesses the ability to part the Veil separating his world from hundreds of others. His gift provides a chance for escape, but Dominic refuses to relinquish his tool for power. When Dominic forges an ambitious plan to invade the prosperous shifter land of Priagust, he manipulates Sevon’s desperation for his people’s survival. Out of options, Sevon has no choice but to cooperate.
On their foray into Priagust, Dominic’s men abduct a shifter named Jack. Despite being tortured for information, Jack’s loyalty to his kind never wavers. But Jack’s knowledge about Darkmore’s history unsettles Sevon, and a curious bond begins to form. Despite Sevon’s mistrust, Jack is determined to tame the beautiful king’s wild heart and perhaps earn his freedom.
As war looms, Sevon fears Jack’s kindness is another trap. Conflicted, Sevon wonders if he should risk chasing the sunrise or remain Dominic’s compliant prisoner.