A slave’s life is not easy, especially when you're the only human in the kingdom.
Seventeen-year-old Rayth is out of options. When he is caught traveling through the Crimson Kingdom, the one place forbidden to humans, he is brought in chains before the entaari queen. Her judgment is severe, enslavement. His only crime? Being different.
Faced with a lifetime of serving the queen and her wicked children, Rayth plots his escape. But when the attempt goes south and leaves a score of men dead, he is condemned to the Arena, a massive battle pit where prisoners and slaves fight to the death, all for the enjoyment of the entaari crowd.
But there is a way out of the Arena.
By winning the crowds favor, Rayth could earn his freedom. But a century worth of hate and animosity stands in the way. Rayth must bridge that gap, he must sway the entaari hearts and show them that he’s not some human monster, but a man like themselves. The task won’t be easy. The pits are filled with vengeful men and women loyal to the queen and eager to silence the thorn in her side. Rayth must keep his wits about him and make friends along the way if he’s to survive the queen’s wrath and escape the Arena.