Rea Emris is an abomination. Or so she has been told. In the thrilling fantasy trilogy TOUCH THAT FIRE, she grows up in a world where touching is outlawed. No one takes this as much to heart as Rea, for the law was passed because of people like her: When she touches someone’s bare skin, she can not only read their thoughts, but also change them. She is a magdalene. Ashamed and afraid, she has locked that part of herself away. Only at night, when she can no longer resist the urge to feel another’s mind, she sneaks away to the darkest parts of the city. There, she competes in illegal bare-knuckle fights, winning them with her special brand of brain, not brawn.
On one of these nights, she draws the attention of the Captain of the Royal Guard of England. He has come there in search for someone to serve as a secret bodyguard to the Crown Prince. When he picks her out, unaware that she is a magdalene, Rea cannot deny the royal order. So she comes to court, to serve the very people who would have her killed in an instant if they knew her secret. But life at court is more complicated than it seems at first, especially when the Crown Prince looks at her in a way that all decorum forbids. As Rea realizes that she is about to fall for her worst enemy, a terrorist organization makes an attempt on his life. They claim to be fighting against the oppression of magdalenes. Rea must make a choice: to keep hiding in the shadows, or to show the world who she really is, fighting alongside her own – and against the man she loves.
out in March 2018 with Penhaligon (Random House).