“A gorgeously imagined new world, filled with action and intrigue. I was enthralled until the very end.” –New York Times Bestseller Lisa Maxwell, author of The Last Magician and UnHooked
“True high fantasy, gritty and consuming!” –New York Times Bestseller, Wendy Higgins
The Empire of Lucent has stood for centuries as a beacon of strength and light. But now an otherworldly realm has unleashed an army of nightmarish creatures upon the peaceful empire, spreading a lethal plague called The Decay which consumes its victims mercilessly from the inside out.
The king of the Empire of Lucent calls upon “Lady of Death” Zephera Travelle—an infamous assassin with a weakness for braided cinnamon bread and a striking aptitude for murder and mayhem. He sends her on an impossible quest to find the one person who can concoct a cure and save the realm from total annihilation. Together with her best friend, Zadkiel, and crew of misfits comprised of a mage extraordinaire, a girly city-guard, and a broody warrior, she embarks on a journey that will test her wits, will, and sanity. Along the way, she discovers that no one—and nothing—is as it seems, including herself.
“Aubrie Nixon has created a story filled with twists and turns, where nothing is as it first appears. Fans of kick-butt female assassins will love Zephera, who never loses her humor as she takes on the darkest mysteries of her world. Secret of Souls kept me turning pages until the very end!” –Julie Eshbaugh author of Ivory and Bone
“Dark, enthralling, and so thrillingly beautiful! This book will have you on the edge of your seat and over the edge with needing the next! Aubrie’s debut is one that will knock you out of your socks and begging for more!” –Bestselling Author Amelia Hutchins
“A twisty, mind-bending fantasy with fresh and inventive world-building that kept me compulsively turning pages.” –Martina Boone, author of The Heirs of Watson Island series
“From monsters and mayhem to snark and swords, this story has all the right ingredients to make any fantasy lover’s heart swoon! Compulsively readable, you’ll find yourself wishing you’d brought a blade of your own as you accompany Zephera through the darkness.” –Sarah Glenn Marsh, author of Reign of the Fallen and Fear the Drowning Deep