Both stories set in this world can be read without first reading the other.
Battle of Will
At a memorial service meant to honor the dead and mark the beginning of a truce between Skirfall and Morcia, Ackley spies a figure who does not belong—a mage interrogator whose presence will only cause harm should the Morcians realize who he is and all the people he has tortured. But the problem rapidly grows much worse than that when Ackley realizes his true purpose is assassination of the Morcian crown prince—an assassination Ackley prevents, but at great cost.
Banished from his own country, bound magically to the crown prince of his enemies, Ackley is certain of just one thing: whether he can figure out how to break the spell or not, his death is assured.
On the trail of a dangerous, violent mage, Tannis and his partner, Beck, fall into a nasty trap—and it’s Beck who barely survives, losing blood almost faster than Tannis can get her to the nearest village for help.
Help proves to be Isani, a curt, mercurial healer who wants nothing to do with Tannis, and even less to do with the mage they’re hunting—a mage Isani knows far too well, and had hoped would never return.