(This is the second book in a trilogy.)The days when Rowan Northwood was exiled to the farmland around her village seem like a lifetime ago, and the passing Knight she ran away with has become a memory she does her best not to revisit. Her powers lie dormant, settling within her as glowing embers waiting to come alive once more.Canth is a scorching land built upon disorder and neglect, and having traded the sheep of Felheim's fields for the fish of the sea, Rowan finds herself living amongst pirates. Port Mahon takes her in, accepts her as one of their own, but throughout peaceful days and violent assaults on the town alike, her thoughts are ever on Kastelir—or what remains of it.
All Pen wants is to be the kind of girl she's always been. So why does everyone have a problem with it? They think the way she looks and acts means she's trying to be a boy—that she should quit trying to be something she's not. If she dresses like a girl, and does what her folks want, it will show respect. If she takes orders and does what her friend Colby wants, it will show her loyalty. But respect and loyalty, Pen discovers, are empty words. Old-world parents, disintegrating friendships, and strong feelings for other girls drive Pen to see the truth—that in order to be who she truly wants to be, she'll have to man up.
After being exiled to the farmland around her village, Rowan Northwood takes the only chance at freedom she might ever get: she runs away with a passing Knight and doesn't look back. The woman cares nothing for Rowan's company, but nor does she seem perturbed by the powers that burn within her.