The Land is dying. And with it, all of the kingdom’s people. The world’s realms are crumbling, and life therein is being slowly drained away due to a set of curses that were cast long ago.
There’s only one way to break this centuries-long malediction: An event called the Centennial.
Every 100 years, the magical island of Lightlark appears. And while it is visible, rulers from the six realms—each ruler imbued with their own unique powers and abilities—are summoned to the isle in hopes of fulfilling a puzzling prophesy.
The last five Centennials have been dismal failures, filled with deception, destruction and death. And judging from the declining state of everything, this newest Centennial may be the world’s last chance.
Isla Crown, the young female ruler of the Wildlings, has been training for this competition since childhood. She is, however, at a great disadvantage. For while the other rulers have amazing powers at their beck-and-call—such as the Sunling king’s ferocious fire and the Starling ruler’s ability to create matter from thin air—Isla was inexplicably born with no power at all. That’s a secret that has been kept even from her own people. All this Wildling woman has is a beautiful face, a capacity for stealth, and some hard-earned skill with a blade.
Isla is sure, however, that her small proficiencies will be far too meager against her competitors; some who can kill with a mere thought or a wave of their hand. So any hope Isla holds comes down to what secrets she can seek out, who she can befriend, and what choices she makes.
For one thing is certain: the prophecy declares that its resolution requires one ruler—and every soul in his or her kingdom—to die. And everyone is convinced that the loser will be the weakest of the six.