By Maria V. Snyder
(Mira, Paperback, 9780778327110, 416pp.)
Publication Date: December 1, 2008
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Locked in a coffin-like darkness, there is nothing to distract me from my memories of killing Reyad. He deserved to diebut according to the law, so do I. Here in Ixia, the punishment for murder is death. And now I wait for the hangman's noose.
But the same law that condemns me may also save me. Ixia's food tasterchosen to ensure that the Commander's food is not poisonedhas died. And by law, the next prisoner who is scheduled to be executedmemust be offered the position.