Joythief Joythief. The most feared weapon of the elite thieves' and assassin's guild known as the Star-Blades. The magical poison that doesn't kill its victim, but kills the most prized aspect of themselves. Star-Blades rarely use this terrible poison, and never against their own.

Except Mariq Ashai Meidani, Princess of Kuriza and Star-Blade spider-thief, has been poisoned. She knows exactly what the Joythief will take from her—her thieving skills, the one thing that makes her more than a simple pawn in her father's court.

Trying to discover who poisoned her, and why, leads Mariq to discover plots far more intricate than the blackmail of a single spider-thief. The Star-Blades would use her as a tool in their war against magic, a war that would leave thousands dead and the land devastated. A war Mariq cannot allow to happen.

Battling the Joythief is futile. Battling the Star-Blades seems even more so. Yet if Mariq wants to be anything besides a delicate, useless princess or a catalyst of destruction, she'll have to fight both—and, somehow, win.

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"Perfect and satisfying in its final moments, Joythief is a stunning magical story about people who find their true places in the world, freeing themselves from emotional chains." – Foreword Reviews, starred review
"The plot twists will keep readers on edge as Mariq and her allies face unexpected difficulties and explore the depths of abilities to resolve them." – Booklist

Joythief is a Foreword INDIES Finalist!

★ 2023 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Finalist: Fantasy

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