Jewel is a half human half Elvin female that joined the war to help keep things balanced. Her twin brother is leading the male army, trying to use men to take over the world. She joined to ultimately find a way to stop him. Magically she is more gifted but he uses battle magic to enhance his fighting skills and she knows she needs more information before going against him. So she puts forth a plan to the others to allow herself to get captured. She expects beatings, torture, starvation and possibly if there is no way of avoiding it a confrontation with her brother.
Garth joined the war because there were very few places on the planet that allowed human men. The army was his only option. He is fighting to be counted as an equal. Then they capture Jewel. He sees her almost killed by neglect, beatings and starvation. Finding out what a kind soul she is he falls for her innocence. He is punished for his disobedience and thrown into the dungeon. Jewel is given a chance to escape but refuses to leave without Garth.
Can they escape and even if they can where are they going to go in a world that refuses to allow men and women to be together?
“You are going to kill me no matter what aren’t you?”
I got his implication. He wasn’t going to kill me but the others; well he wouldn’t stop them from doing so.
“Why didn’t you just let me die the other day? Why would you heal me just to hand me back over to be tortured again?”