UPDATE 2.0-I love your comments! Based on feedback I received, here is a further edited blurb (thanks Sharon! I also realized that given the very minimal description of Fifer, stubborn didn’t seem like the trait I really wanted to emphasize; also it’s at odds with the next statement about Fifer being trapped in a deal she doesn’t want to be a part of):
Thief by trade. Half-breed by blood. Fifer is part-Fay and all pluck.
When her partner goes missing and she is abducted by demanding clients, Fifer finds herself trapped in a plot she wants no part of. By fulfilling her contract with the Aestus, the brotherhood of powerful and secretive warriors, she will discover that she’s not what she thinks.
The Aestus need her—even though Arkadius, Master in training, can’t see it. In order to stop the Aestus clans from warring among themselves, Arkadius must rely on Fifer to steal a powerful magical artifact. But how can a woman save the mighty Aestus? When he discovers the answer, the fate of the Empire will rest on the edge of his sword.
I have been staring at my book blurb yet again (my god! Has something >500 words ever been so daunting? See the even worse crack at it here), and I have created what I think (hope) is a better representation of what the book is about. Please feel free to comment, and also ask questions about the book!
Fifer is a thief by trade and a half-breed by blood—part giftless and part Fay, the legendary and mysterious creatures as old as the desert. She is stubborn and quick-witted, but when her partner goes missing and she is abducted by demanding clients, Fifer finds herself trapped in a deal she should have walked away from. Little does she know that in fulfilling her contract with the Aestus, the brotherhood of power-gifted and secretive warriors, she would discover that she is not what she had thought.
Arkadius is the Aestus Master in training, and he can feel in his gut that his time is drawing near. But the Aestus are not united, power struggles are beginning to come to light, and Arkadius knows that he will need to assert his power to keep the clans from warring. If he can’t quell the rebellion by force, he must obtain a powerful magical artifact that every race in the desert covets. He is willing to risk everything, including his life to preserve the Aestus, but he never thought he would need to rely on a half-breed thief. How could a woman save the mighty Aestus? When he discovers the answer, the fate of the world as he knows it will be at stake.