Serving a ten-year sentence for stealing a dragon, seventeen-year-old Valina Vallomir breaks out of the city’s most inescapable sky prison after only two years. However, keeping her freedom proves harder than expected. Impulsive and stubborn, Valina refuses to leave her parents and the city she loves behind. She gets caught and is given an ultimatum. Valina must help Captain Erikin Glaucon infiltrate the criminal underworld through a deadly competition where the next King and Queen of organized crime are crowned. Or return to prison.
If competing against the city’s most wanted criminals—people she could only call friends – wasn’t horrible enough, then working with Captain Erikin Glaucon, who arrested her twice, would be. Valina is determined to become Queen and punish Captain Erikin for her time spent unjustly in prison. As the competition forces them to break slavers out of labor camps, fight war-bred monsters in the forest and commit the perfect murder, Valina’s respect for Captain Erikin grows. With her chances of becoming Queen increasing with every trial, Valina begins to set aside her vengeance for something greater — a new and better life as Queen of the Underworld.
But when her competitors start dying gruesomely outside of the competition, all the evidence points towards Valina. Criminality does not excuse rule-breaking within the villainous world and if Valina can’t find the real culprit and prove her innocence, then she will be sent back to prison indefinitely – a fate she would die to avoid.
I am a member of SCBWI and the Online Writing Workshop for Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror. I’m an Arab writer and I live in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.