YA Fantasy
83,000 words
Status: Completed & Polished

When an assassin kills Princess Anh's older sister Mai, her vengeful ghost is doomed to walk their city of glittering canals, tormenting loved ones until the killer is brought to justice. The mourning period hasn't even reached its end when Mai's betrothed, the king of a country far away, requests that seventeen-year-old Anh take her sister's place as his bride.

Marrying the man meant for her sister would make her feel bad enough, but with dyslexia and years of scholarly struggles, Anh believes her chances of learning a new language are slim. She's terrified of life in a foreign land, where she'd be unable to communicate. Then Anh discovers evidence that her sister's assassin came from the king's country. Marrying the king would allow Anh to hunt the murderer and release her family from Mai's spirit, whose thirst for blood mounts every day.

With magical bracelets on her forearms and a dagger strapped to her calf (neither of which she knows how to use), she makes her way to the lush, fern-covered country of her sister's assassin. But Anh hasn't even reached her new home when the first attempt is made on her life. To save her family, Anh must find Mai's killer...before he murders her too.