With no magic, only Xhea’s strange ability to see ghosts lets her survive in the ruins beneath the City’s luxurious floating Towers. But when she takes possession of Shai, the ghost of a girl who hasn’t died, everything changes. Shai’s body has been kidnapped, her ghost is on the run—and only Xhea stands between Shai and a fate worse than death.
War is brewing. When rival factions attempt to claim the power of the Radiant ghost Shai, not even Xhea’s strange magic may be enough to stop the destruction. A story of a city poised on the edge of ruin, and the friendship between two young women that will change their world forever.
War. Fire. Destruction. Xhea believed that the Lower City had weathered the worst of its troubles, and that their only remaining fight would be the struggle to rebuild before winter. She was wrong.
"Inequality, economics, and postapocalyptic necromancy combine persuasively in Sumner-Smith’s ingenious, insightful debut."
- Publishers Weekly, starred review