In a city divided between two gods, everyone has chosen sides. The City The Elysian fly around Summit obsessed with beauty, power, and pleasure. Born with surplus Talent, the citizens who become Caelum obediently squander their raw power, and unchallenged rules keep them in line—but times are changing. One Caelum crafts a malicious and deadly new use for Talent, and rising political tensions expose a simmering darkness beneath the city's façade. The People Ari Laurel is an outcast with a secret, but she’ll risk exposure to save the only mother she knows from being sold at an auction. After a botched magical awakening, Ari is unexpectedly assigned to the lauded Second Born Storyweaver, Caelum Maewyn Ambire. Ari thinks she’s found an ally amid high-society prejudice, but trusting Maewyn might be her biggest mistake. Maewyn’s family will make her do anything to gain social status—punishment for uncooperative behavior is severe. She thrashes under her family’s rigid control, and yearns for the power to reverse the situation. Especially when her obsessed, twisted former mentor reappears. In a desperate bid for freedom, Maewyn becomes bitterly ensnared in a web of deceit. Both young women are unwitting pawns in an impending, cosmic clash between two gods. The odds are stacked against them, and the only god they trust is their own. Whose side will you choose?