Yeltson, a former law-protector turned elite killer, leads a group of King’s Men who, to anyone but the King and his top advisers, do not exist. The 21st Company is tasked to investigate and take down illegal slave traders and sex traffickers throughout the kingdom.
After obtaining enough evidence to prosecute leaders of the treacherous Slaver Coalition, Yeltson and his essencer partner, Raynt, are reassigned by the King to stop a mass exodus of slavers with slaves to the north. Their work uncovers a web of conspiracies, assassinations, and an oncoming invasion that threatens the kingdom of Cardor–and the hundreds of slaves still in the Coalition’s custody.
With few people to trust, Yeltson and Raynt turn to the niece of the Coalition’s leader. Princess Amelia is an essencer, and an outspoken abolitionist. Time is running out and their list of conspirators and essencer enemies continues to grow.
In this world, Aelathia, the intangible is tangible; the very fabric of existence is full of personality, of essences waiting to be used. To control the essences is to gain power. To gain power, is to weave plots of unfathomable magnitude, capable of bringing Kings and Kingdoms to their very knees. The world itself begs for deliverance; and slavery is just a symptom of darker forces at work.