Book One of the Knot & Blade Series
Possessing a rare magic that turns braids into powerful healings, Nell is among the last of her kind. The Rhun invaders destroyed her homeland a decade ago, and now they send their feared death sorcerers to hunt any exiles dispersed within the surrounding kingdoms. Nell is determined to fight back, but first she needs to finish her training, if only she can find another knotbinder to help her.
Kainon can talk to dragons—a handy skill in a land where peace between dragons and humans grows increasingly uncertain. But when he fishes an injured stranger from a stream, Kainon becomes entangled in a battle for survival that has been centuries in the making.
With Kainon’s help, Nell seeks out the dragons for answers. The oldest among them holds the secret to where other knotbinders hide. Yet the price for dealing with dragons is high, and with the Rhun on their trail, Nell could cause the very thing she fears most: the final destruction of the knotbinders.