Yenni has never been this far from home. With only her wits, her strength, and her sacred runelore, the fierce Yirba warrior princess is alone in the Empire of Cresh. It's a land filled with strange magics and even stranger people - all of whom mistrust anyone who's different. But Yenni will prove herself, and find the cure for her father's wasting illness. She will not fail. No one warned her about the dragons. Especially not about him.  Yet there is something powerful and compelling about the violet-black dragon known as Weysh. In human form he's muscular, beautiful - and completely infuriating. What kind of arrogant creature claims a stranger as his Given; as his destined mate? Yenni is no man's - or dragon's - plaything. But other magics must be at work here, because Weysh might just be her best hope at finding the answers she seeks.  Only now Yenni can't tell if she's fighting an attraction to a dragon . . . or fighting fate itself.