To save her only son from the ravages of consumption, the great-grandmistress of the Telegraphers Guild, Alice Meynell, has made a bargain with her former lover-a changeling in the land of Einfell-to do whatever is necessary to cure him.
Once healthy, her son is torn between his duty to lead the guild and his love for a servant girl. But Alice has chosen her son's destiny. And she'll see him achieve it even if it means bringing the Age of Light to an end.
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