When the Giant City crashed down onto Chicago, radiation slowly began to kill those nearby. Now ten years later, seventeen-year-old Sandy Nandou ditches high school and sneaks into the forbidden Giant City hoping to find a relic she can sell to help her dying grandmother. There she meets Sean O’Malley, a handsome young magician who sees in her the ally he’s been seeking. Sandy finds herself drawn to him as they prepare to battle Fey Hunters and killer giant rats to save those they love. But before she can help Sean restore order to their fractured world, Sandy must face the truth of who she really is.
Someone slid into the seat across from me.
“Sorry I’m late.”
I looked up and froze.
The magician smiled at me. “Surprise.”
For a moment all I could do was stare at him. If I hadn’t seen him in action yesterday with his deadly sword and his eerily glowing eyes, I could have sworn that sitting across from me was a normal boy — a kind-of-handsome boy, with laughter in his brown eyes and a cute quirk to his lips.
But his brown overcoat was open, and under his black t-shirt I could see the outline of thick bands of the harness that kept the sword sheath strapped at a diagonal on his back. The hilt of his sword poked up from the back of his coat collar. How did he manage to carry around a sword and have no one take an interest in it?
I panicked. “You can’t be here. I’m expecting someone. I… I have a tutoring session.”
“I am your tutor.”