Roseanne A Brown
Song of wraiths and ruin volume 1
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"For Malik, the Solstasia festival is a chance to escape his war-stricken home and start a new life with his sisters in the prosperous desert city of Ziran. But when a vengeful spirit abducts his younger sister Nadia as payment to enter the city, Malik strikes a fatal deal: kill Karina, crown princess of Ziran, in exchange for Nadia's freedom"--Dust jacket flap.
Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
547 pages : map ; 22 cm
As the fate of Sonande hangs on a single, horrifying choice, Princess Karina and Malik must decide between a power that could transform the world, or a love that could transform their lives.