Ilsa Barrett travels to the great plateau where she was born. To passersby, she appears to be a mercenary, bonded to a series of firearms she can summon at will, and come to fight in the war brewing between her home city of Dal and the city on the other side of the plateau. They are wrong.

The Plateau of Yr is the site of ten monumental structures, musical instruments grown from granite. These instruments are called the Tenlyres and are spread across the central region of the plateau.

Nomadic tribes still ride between these immense structures, raiding the villages of native farmer peoples.

In the west of the plateau, the great city-state of Dal has formed alliances to protect itself from the rival city-state of Chogrum, located on the eastern part of the plateau. Though a huge area of steppe-land separates them, the two cities are on the precipice of war. The Kingdom of Ayoch, located in the green lands west of Dal, fans these flames. The royals of Ayoch hope to gain the Tenlyres for themselves through their alliance with Dal.

In this dangerously charged atmosphere, a woman returns home to Dal. It appears she wants to visit her mentally disturbed mother, but not all is what it seems.

Ilsa Barrett is a dishonored priestess, and has worked as a mercenary in distant lands for years, but she and her gregarious psychic partner, known only as Blue, have a mission to prevent a disaster. Tasked with rescuing a nomadic leader, Ilsa and Blue ride east across the plateau.

But the forces of Ayoch are on the move. Ilsa and Blue will need more than speed and courage to outrace them across Tenlyres.

The mysterious monuments called the Ten Lyres have seen much bloodshed before, but is more inevitable?

There’s nowhere to hide on the plateau.

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Chapter Index: Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3, Chapter 4Chapter 5Chapter 6, Chapter 7, Chapter 8Chapter 9, Chapter 10, Chapter 11Chapter 12Chapter 13, Chapter 14, Chapter 15, Chapter 16, Chapter 17, Chapter 18Chapter 19, Chapter 20, Chapter 21, Chapter 22, Chapter 23, Chapter 24, Chapter 25, Chapter 26, Chapter 27, Chapter 28, Chapter 29, Chapter 30, Chapter 31, Chapter 32, Chapter 33, Chapter 34, Chapter 35, Chapter 36, Chapter 37, Chapter 38, Chapter 39, Chapter 40, Chapter 41, Chapter 42, Chapter 43, Chapter 44, Chapter 45, Chapter 46, Chapter 47, Chapter 48, Chapter 49, Chapter 50, Chapter 51, Chapter 52, Chapter 53 and Chapter 54