Until twelve year old Alex grew wings, he had no idea magic existed.
But it does – worlds of it, separated from ours by the thinnest of walls, which Alex tears through accidentally when he uses his new wings to escape the isolated brothel in which he was born. The magic-using Mythos will kill to preserve their secrecy, and they’re especially panicky right now because of new and hard-to-fool technology like satellite imagery and traffic light cameras.
Stepping on over-sensitive toes isn’t all Alex has to worry about. His wings come with strange new instincts, impelling him to protect those in danger, and he’s just imprinted on a biggie: the king of the Unseelie court, a long-eared elf with lots of problems. Someone is stealing magic from the fey, leaving them vulnerable to attack, and they’ve drawn the attention of a nightmare-army that espouses “merciful” death – and is planning full-fey genocide.
Alex’s protective instincts lead him to the magic thief: the fey Queen Mab, dead for a thousand years and throwing a tantrum beyond the grave. Against all reason and advice, Alex is now determined to protect the king, pacify the dead queen, and keep from letting anyone know he was raised by humans – and if he succeeds, he might live to be thirteen.