Kyra is a street wise, yet compassionate gutter rat whose grown up in the alleyways of Forge. Foraging for a living, she has been rescued by Flick and Belle. Their kindness and acceptance plays into her attitude to the helpless and caring for others like the self she was. Her barely formed memories of beginnings haunt her nights. As Flick says at one stage, when troubled Kyra always heads upward. It's in the heights that she feels alive and at peace. She can breathe. A thief who can climb and enter places that others don't dare, her skill catches the eyes of the leader of the Assassins Guild--the mysterious and lethal, cold hearted James.
Tristam is a knight of the Red Shields sworn to uphold the law in Forge and to protect the people. Battling the Demon Riders and their giant Cats, he suffers the loss of friends and an awareness of their implacability. Watching your best friend being torn to bits and devoured does tend to hone your desire for vengeance.
When the paths of these two cross, loyalties are put on hold, dark secrets are revealed and life takes different a path for both.
At the start I thought, mmm! The plot sounds familiar. Another desperate young thief who turns out to be a wonder! Not so! The story takes some strange twists and turns that I certainly didn't see coming.
A NetGalley ARC