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In the icy, monster-plagued world of the Frost, one wrong move and a person could end up dead—and Lia Weaver knows this better than anyone. After monsters kill her parents, she must keep the family farm running despite the freezing cold and threat of monster attacks or risk losing her siblings to reassignment by the village Elders. With dangers on all sides and failure just one wrong step away, she can’t afford to let her emotions lead her astray. So when her sister finds a fugitive bleeding to death in the forest—a young stranger named Gabe—Lia surprises herself and does the unthinkable. She saves his life. Giving shelter to the fugitive could get her in trouble. The Elders have always described the advanced society of people beyond the Frost, the “Farthers,” as ruthless and cruel. But Lia is startled to find that Gabe is empathetic and intelligent…and handsome. She might even be falling in love with him. But time is running out. The monsters from the forest circle the farm at night. The village leader is starting to ask questions. Farther soldiers are searching for Gabe. Lia must locate a secret organization called the Thorns to help Gabe escape to safety, but every move she makes puts her in more danger. Is compassion—and love—worth the risk?
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“That idiot Adam Brewer is here,” Cole said. “Acting as if nothing is wrong.”
Ann avoided looking at me as she spoke. “We don’t know that his family is responsible for what happened to Lia’s parents. We don’t know what happened that day—”
“We know enough,” Cole interrupted. He scowled.
“Please,” I said. “I don’t really want to discuss it.”
“Greetings,” a low, smooth voice interjected into our conversation. I looked up quickly.
Had he heard our words about him? My face flushed. My friends were frozen in quiet. Beside me, Cole’s eyes narrowed, and I saw his jaw twitch out of the corner of my eye.
But Adam was looking only at me. I straightened my shoulders. I would not cower under his gaze, even though it was wild and sharp as a hawk’s.
He was slender, with dark hair that fell into his eyes, and he wore a thick blue cloak as ragged as mine. We were both from farms outside the village walls. Like me, he knew the dangers of the forest because he experienced them firsthand.
Adam’s eyes cut to others and then back to mine. “I hope your farm has been free of Watchers lately?”
The word slid through the air, sharp as a knife blade. I sucked in a sharp breath. He was waiting for me to speak to him about the vicious creatures that prowled our forests at night as casually as we might speak of the weather.
I could just say it. No, I haven’t seen any Watchers. And I won’t be so foolish as to trust you to protect me from them, either. The words burned hot on my tongue, but I couldn’t spit them out.
My friends shuffled their feet, looking at him with thinly disguised hostility. Nothing had been proven, and there were no charges made against the family, but it was clear what everyone thought. And now here he was, bringing up that word—Watchers—like nothing was wrong.
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