I have read a few of Sara’s books/series and they are all really good reads, this one is great as well. Pirates kidnap Elmerah,a shadow witch living in the Marshes, also kidnaped is a Faerune priestess, Saida, the two band together to overthrow the pirates and escape. THAT is just the beginning of their adventure. They meet up with Alluin, a Valeroot elf, and later Merwyn, an Akkeri elf,(he stinks like fish).A band of strangers join together to save each other and the lives of other people. It has a lot of adventure, it just flows from one scene to the next.I really enjoyed this story, and liked the characters straight up, you didn’t have to warm to them. I will definitely be reading the next book.(hope it’s not to far away). Recommended reading if you love other worlds,witches,Fae, Magic, fantasy and bad emperors. Fantastic story.