?I?m a spider, sugar. My shaper kind doesn?t bear that name for nothing.? ? That’s not something Alexis Harper dares to say very often. If she did, it might just get her killed. Not that she is an easy mark, but even fools get lucky once in a while. In a world where the magically gifted trueborn rule and the magicless half-born slog away in the slums, half-blood mongrels like Alex are outcasts?feared and shunned. For most of her life, she has lurked in the shadows, trying to keep her true nature a secret. But the secrecy ends abruptly when she saves two trueborn aristo children from a group of hired killers. Accused of a crime she didn’t commit, Alex suddenly finds herself running from powerful enemies, with no one around to trust. Or what about the mysterious stranger who has been following her? He is one of Death?s Servants, born and bred to kill at the country?s command. Not the most preferable ally, but then, her choices are limited. Soon she has to decide whether she can trust him or not?it?s a gamble she might not survive either way. And before Alex knows what is happening, her life is hanging by a silken thread?