Kex Mardugal is half human, half something… Else. With her dark skin and wild eyes, mankind considers her a soulless abomination. In the face of prejudice, Kex has carved a place for herself in human society. She earned the rank of King’s Champion, securing a position of power within her homeland.
With her moving up the food chain, she has attracted the attention of an inscrutable sorcerer and his party of warriors fighting an enigmatic evil threatening to overtake their world.
Conflicts within the party undermine their ability to work together. All the while, their enemy, a strange and powerful demon, steadily gains strength, commanding deadly storms and legions of curselings to spread its blight across the land.
As an Elsekind, Kex discovers that she alone can define her code of honor in order to fight against the monsters of the world.
A poignant, layered first novel, Reprieve follows the entwined lives of Meredith Avery and Gale Brawley. As teenagers, Meredith and Gale were inseparable, until that mid-August day when they found the body of a dead black man in the river of their still-segregated hometown. When their plea for help is written off as a hoax, Gale runs away from home, turning Meredith’s life inside out.
Thirteen years later, after a devastating overdose on painkillers, Meredith tracks Gale down, invoking the promise of their childhood, that he would always be there for her.
In the months that follow, Meredith and Gale return to Levine to uncover the truth about the dead man they found. Meredith also learns that there are deeper secrets buried in her heart, some that lead to destruction and others to redemption.