~ Sugar and spice, and a pagan sacrifice. ~
Ariadne Sterling, the reigning princess of Sylphar, possesses the ancient empathic ability that was thought to have been extinct among her race for over a century. However, the way she came by this power was no natural phenomenon, nor a gift bestowed upon her by the gods as many suppose. Someone had been secretly performing illegal experiments on embryos until they finally made one success… her.
A foreign dictator obsessed with collecting treasures that hold magical properties finds out about her and takes her captive. The king forces her to marry his grandson in the hopes of infusing her ability into his bloodline. They also wish to learn more about her to see if they might use her to gain an advantage over their victims.
The young Lyken prince Theeson ends up falling in love with his new bride and agrees to help her get home and teach her people how to defend themselves against the impending threat of Lyken invasion.