Caren Hahn – Pain of Betrayal

Under the threat of war in Endvar, Ria returns to Albon to find that the king has retreated to an unfinished tower to nurse his paranoid delusions. His anger against Merek has turned to violent rage, which escalates until Merek is arrested for treason. In a desperate attempt to save Merek, Ria risks the very relationship they’ve built—one which she hopes will lead to marriage and stability for the kingdom.

But Merek isn’t interested in the kind of loveless marriage Ria proposes. Even as he wants to keep her at a distance, he finds himself unwillingly getting caught up in her schemes.

This time, her dishonesty leads to disaster.

Meanwhile, Aiya and Dan are at odds trying to get out of Endvar. Aiya is desperate to escape, but Dan wants to organize a surprise attack to take back the city. When they part ways with harsh words between them, Aiya is forced to reckon with the painful truth that after all this time, she’s learning to need others again.