Hanson Allister, more commonly known as Han or Cuffs, is a reformed thief. He used to be streetlord of the Raggers, but left that life because of his little sister. Now he does whatever he can to earn what little money possible to help support his mother and sister. Since he can remember, he has worn silver cuffs engraved with runes around each wrist. It would appear they retain some type of magic, as they grow when he grows and he has never been able to get them off. While out hunting in the sacred mountains of Hanalea one day, Han and his friend, Dancer, stumble upon 3 jinxflingers (wizards). They have set the mountain on fire! Han and Dancer confront the young wizards, one of which happens to be Micah Bayar - son of the High Wizard. Han takes an amulet from Micah to ensure that he will not hex them. Han eventually learns that the amulet belonged to none other than the Demon King, an evil wizard who nearly destroyed all of Hanalea over 1,000 years ago. Now the Bayar's will stop at nothing to get the amulet back in their possession.
Princess heir, Raisa ana'Marianna, is daughter of both the Queen of Fells and a clan man. Her father, a member of the Demonai clan, is a trader and travels the land a lot. While out on his excursions, Raisa witnesses Lord Bayar (The High Wizard) and the Queen getting closer. Each queen is bonded in a way that is supposed to benefit the queendom. Lord Bayar seems to be gaining more control over the queendom, though. The bond between the two must be compromised. On her name-day, the day that makes her eligible for marriage, her mother and Lord Bayar attempt to marry her off in the dead of the night to Micah. Marriage between queen and wizard if forbidden! What can Raisa do with a powerful wizard after he and a queen who is influenced by his power?
This was a really good book! I enjoyed it alot. Each chapter flops between the two main characters, telling their story. Each character in this book is unique, and the story so well written. I couldn't put it down (when I actually had the time to read).
The only thing that I didn't like was that in the summary of the book, they make it seem like every page will be filled with Micah hunting down Han... but it wasn't like that at all. After the initial confrontation, there wasn't much interaction between the two. And it wasn't until about mid-book that they actually run into each other again.
Overall, a great book in my opinion! I can't wait to read the next book in the series, The Exiled Queen.