By Elizabeth McCoy
The Lord Alchemist has to be proof against adversarial potions. yet in the entire kingdom, there are just identified immunes: Iathor Kymus, the Lord Alchemist, and his feckless brother, Iasen.
Kessa is a half-barbarian herb-witch, arrested for crimes she didn't fairly intend. but if Iathor discovers her immunity to fact potions, he'll do no matter what he needs to to courtroom her. accountable or now not, she's his merely wish of banishing his nightmare: a son enslaved to him by way of the loyalty potion that every Lord Alchemist's inheritor needs to drink, and defeat.
But Kessa doesn't belief him, Iasen despises her tainted blood, and there's nonetheless the secret of who complex Kessa's little crime into the larger one she didn't intend. They don't also have the advantage of lust first and foremost sight. All they've got in universal is the alchemist's immunity, and a capability to get on each one other's nerves. Will it's sufficient?
(Contains mature situations.)
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