The wondrous village of Pawkett is famous for their red-gold honey. An enchanted delicacy worth more than diamonds. The towns reputation is shattered when elite Citizens die at an early tasting. Is the honey poisoned? Who is to blame? Investigators are summoned, only those desperate enough to risk their life, apply.
Meet Carmen Avel, a young forest elf in exile for treason against her god. On the run and haunted by a presence she cannot comprehend; Carmen will stumble into a nightmare a thousand years in the making. Pawkett has secrets. Children vanish, never to be spoken of again. Legends tell of a monster that stalks the nearby woods.
Suspicion abounds, even among Carmen’s companions. Who can she trust? The disgraced sergeant so poor her armor doesn’t match? The Copper eyed diplomat with the predatory smile? Can she depend on the genderqueer priest who sees the world in shades of gray?
Surrounded by blood magic, lies, and peril, the group must work together, or be destroyed. In a final confrontation to decide the fate of Pawkett, will Carmen embrace her destiny or will she succumb to the ancient mystery of The Tainted Hive?