Halloween

Denizens of the City

the mistake

 

It was Caitlin's fault her brother disappeared.

All she had to do was watch him for five minutes while Mother tried on the dress. Five minutes. It wasn't unreasonable. She was seven, after all. But he was three and bored and wiggly, and she didn't really mean to but she let go.

She let go.

 

Caitlin

 

The empty casket they buried was a lie.

Having spent the last ten years chasing the shadow of the little brother she lost ten years ago, Caitlin tries to live the life she's supposed to. All the pieces are in place: boarding school by day, barista by night, sexy DJ boyfriend, the future a blank page waiting to be written - but as far as she's concerned, blank it will stay until Caleb is found.

 

another world

 

Caitlin's search takes her to a land of aching beauty where the fair of face hide the blackest of hearts and the trees themselves hunger for human blood. For her blood, since there don't seem to be any other humans around - at least not within screaming distance of her gilded cage.

 

Faolán

 

Once the blessed scion of the Bright Court, Caitlin's scarred captor took refuge in the Shadowlands after committing a crime even his treacherous people could not forgive. Only the will of a witch holds his death-curse at bay, and the growing rot poisons his soul as monstrously as it withers his flesh.

 

twice betrayed

 

Yrela lost both her lover and her mother the day Faolán brutally murdered the Queen of the Bright Court, and with the crown still warm from her mother's brow she called for her lover's death. Now she rules the Bright Court with an icy fist, utterly untouchable - except by the sword of her adopted son, Caleb.

 

the choice

 

Faolán has found the perfect leverage: Caitlin.

The task is simple. Her life for the life of a Queen. Only Caleb hasn't been the boy she knew for a very, very long time, and she is still the girl that let him go.

The time for vengeance has come.