1800, Joseon (Korea). Homesick and orphaned sixteen-year-old Seol is living out the ancient curse: “May you live in interesting times.” Indentured to the police bureau, she’s been tasked with assisting a well-respected young inspector with the investigation into the politically charged murder of a noblewoman.
As they delve deeper into the dead woman’s secrets, Seol forms an unlikely bond of friendship with the inspector. But her loyalty is tested when he becomes the prime suspect, and Seol may be the only one capable of discovering what truly happened on the night of the murder.
But in a land where silence and obedience are valued above all else, curiosity can be deadly.
For Malik, the Solstasia festival is a chance to escape his war-stricken home and start a new life with his sisters in the prosperous desert city of Ziran. But when a vengeful spirit abducts Malik’s younger sister, Nadia, as payment into the city, Malik strikes a fatal deal—kill Karina, Crown Princess of Ziran, for Nadia’s freedom.
But Karina has deadly aspirations of her own. Her mother, the Sultana, has been assassinated; her court threatens mutiny; and Solstasia looms like a knife over her neck. Grief-stricken, Karina decides to resurrect her mother through ancient magic . . . requiring the beating heart of a king. And she knows just how to obtain one: by offering her hand in marriage to the victor of the Solstasia competition.
When Malik rigs his way into the contest, they are set on a course to destroy each other. But as attraction flares between them and ancient evils stir, will they be able to see their tasks to the death?
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and once girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.
Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weight survival against humanity and life against love.
Ableism & ableist language
Alcohol consumption and alcohol abuse
Animal death (graphic & repeated), hunting, and animal illness mentioned
Animal dead bodies and graphic description of skinning & butchering
Animal attack and death from animal attack (including death from a wasp attack and a graphic scene of a child being eaten alive by a wolf)
Attempted murder of a pet cat recounted
Attempted suicide and self-sacrifice ideation
Blood and gore depiction (graphic)
Cannibalism recounted & discussed
Dead bodies (graphic, multiple)
Death from exposure mentioned
Death of a child (op, multiple)
Death of a father recounted
Death of a friend (op)
Death of a husband recounted
Drugging w/o consent
Emesis (graphic, multiple op scenes)
Explosions (op & recounted)
Graphic physical injuries (including burns & loss of hearing) and illness
Knife violence and stabbing
Non-consensual medical treatment and procedures (including amputation)
Murder and attempted murder
Police brutality mentioned
Serious illness of a loved one
Starvation & dehydration depiction (central theme) and death from starvation & dehydration mentioned