In this prequel novel, Zoi is top of her occhemist classes. Rumors suggest she's already being considered to join the Circle. But when her mentor is taken by the Necrophaise, she volunteers to search for the Last Elixir in Revellis. It's more dangerous than she had expected, but she's making friends and falling in love.
Aramil is barely surviving on her own when she's caught testing her all-consuming abilities against harmless forest creatures. Instead of being cast aside and forgotten, the stranger befriends her and suggests they help each other. She's in search of an ingredient for some powerful potion, but Aramil must agree not to use her abilities. She expected to be alone forever, but she's making friends and finding purpose.