The Republic of ThievesGentleman Bastard Series
A deadly poison is slowly killing Locke, but a mysterious Bondsmage offers him a chance to save himself. He must play the role of a pawn during the upcoming Magi political elections, and if he agrees, sorcery will purge the venom from his body. However, the excruciating process may make him wish for death. Jean's pleading and the mention of Locke's past love also sway him, and Sabetha, the woman who broke his heart, is now his greatest rival. Locke must decide whether to fight or woo her in a clash of love and trickery.