Would you touch the one you loved, even if it might kill them?
Antonio, a merchant sailor, has no idea how dangerous Fina Perona is when he rescues her from drowning in the middle of the Lingering Sea. His ship is headed to the home Fina just abandoned, carrying desperately needed payment for her father's prized wine stores. Pirates attack, and as Antonio and Fina escape the clutches of slavery, she steals back her family's small fortune from the pirate captain's quarters. Fina doesn't need Antonio's protection, she's more dangerous than he could ever be, but she needs his experience as a navigator and agrees to give him a cut of the payment in exchange for his help. Returning the money is the only way Fina knows how to atone for inadvertently killing her own brother, but what she doesn't realize is, before Antonio was a sailor, he was a thief.
While threats of curses, witches, bandits, pirates, and traitors are all very real, Fina and Antonio are the most dangerous players in this story of true love and betrayal. Will they become each other’s demise or salvation as they set out to find redemption and to kill a curse?
Natalia D’Angelo has spent the last seven years planning for the day she can free both herself and her parents from the brutal clutches of slavery and return back to Valencia to find her little brother, Antonio. To everyone around her, even her best friend, she appears to be just another half-starved young man in the slave camp. This is only one of her lies and the key to her survival. But if someone was to see her chest binding or have other reasons to suspect her true nature, her mother’s spell will break, along with the illusion that she isn’t a young man at all.
When a handsome quarry worker discovers Natalia’s true identity, and learns her own father might be working to help the slave master, Natalia turns to a darkness within herself that she’s willed away for years--a magic of blood and fire that might be her greatest resource and most powerful enemy.
When Ana fails at her duties as a tree guardian, she opens the door for dark magic to take hold of the Mother Tree—the source of all magic in the region. An evil force moves throughout the Lingering Sea and no witch is safe. Ana must turn to Carlo, the grandson of her best friend and missing key to saving the tree and righting her wrongs. Unfortunately, Carlo's sanity sits on a razor's edge and may lead to the salvation or destruction of all magic. The solution sits firmly between order and chaos.