Tanya is, well, just Tanya. Local tavern wench of Griffin’s Port. Ahem, tavern maid, thank you very much. But one horrible day she loses her lifelong guardian, and her rights to their inn and home, The Smiling Snake, along with him.
In order to get her inn back, Tanya must leave the only life she’s ever known, venturing into a world of hazardous untamed magic, sorcerers of uncertain morals, and dangerous criminals to boot—all to face the harrowing task of appealing to the Queen and Council themselves. But time is ticking while her inn sits abandoned, and her only semblance of safety rests in the hands of a dodgy and brutish corps of Queen’s men. When Tanya stumbles across a stolen magical quill and is kidnapped by a band of criminals, her chances of getting back her old, simple life slip further and further away.
When Tanya delves into the powers of the quill, uncovering its potential to fix the kingdom’s magical mayhem—or drive it further into disarray—she must do everything she can to keep it from falling into the wrong hands. But as powerful people seek to exploit Tanya’s unlikely talent for wielding the magic of the quill, the clear-cut line between good and evil begins to blur. Will Tanya determine who to trust before it’s too late, and regain autonomy over her own future, or will her life and the quill fall under the sway of corrupt forces?