The thrilling first book in a brand-new trilogy filled with
danger, deceit, and hidden identities will keep readers clinging to
the edge of their seats.
Sage, an orphaned thief with a sharp tongue and a sharper wit,
is one of four boys chosen to participate in a lethal contest.
After being plucked from the streets by a nobleman named Conner,
Sage learns that Conner plans to choose one of the orphans to
impersonate a long-lost prince in the hopes of averting a civil
war. Conner''s rules of play become quite clear after he murders
one of the boys who will not compete. Suddenly winning matters very
Sage is defiant and cunning and utterly irrepressible. He knows
that Conner''s motives are questionable at best, yet he also
realizes that his life balances on a sword''s point-he must be
chosen to be the prince or he will certainly be killed. But the
other two boys, Sage''s rivals, have their own plans as well, and
are competing as though their lives depend on it-which, they
As Sage moves from a rundown orphanage to Conner''s sumptuous
palace, layer upon layer of treachery and deceit unfold, until
finally, a stunning twist raises the stakes to an even deadlier
level. Nothing is sacred, nothing is predictable, and nobody can be
The first book in a new trilogy, this brilliant and heart-racing
tale is taut with danger and adventure, lies and deadly truths that
will take the reader''s breath away.