Amy Bai
Amy Bai has been, by order of neither chronology nor preference, a barista, a numbers-cruncher, a paper-pusher, and a farmhand. She likes thunderstorms, the enthusiasm of dogs, tall boots and long jackets, cinnamon basil, margaritas, and being surprised by the weirdness of her fellow human More...



Sword shall guide the hands of men...


For over a thousand years, the kingdom of Lardan has been at peace: isolated from the world, safe from the wars of its neighbors, slowly forgetting the wild and deadly magic of its origins. Now the deepest truths of the past and the darkest predictions for the future survive only in the verses of nursery rhymes.


And prophecies are just nursery rhymes for gullible fools...right?


So thinks Kyali Corwynall, the wayward daughter of the Lord General and the court's only sword-wielding girl. She has known for all of her sixteen years what the future holds for her - politics and duty, the management of a House, and protecting her best friend, the princess and presumed heir to the throne. But one day, an old nursery rhyme she has heard since childhood begins to come true, an ancient magic wakes, and the future changes for everyone.


In the space of a single night, her life unravels into violence and chaos. Now Kyali must find a way to master the magic her people have left behind, or watch her world - and her closest friends - fall to a war older than the kingdom itself.

To save them – and the kingdom – she will have to become Sword, the hand of prophecy…no matter the cost.