Touchstone, the magical theater troupe, continues to build audiences.Â But Cayden is increasingly troubled by his â€œelsewhens,â€ the uncontrolled moments when he is plunged into visions of the possible futures.Â He fears that his Fae gift will forever taint his friendships; his friends fear that his increasing distance will destroy him.Â Â Â Â
But worldly success follows themâ€”an apparent loss in the Trials leads to Touchstone being selected to travel to the Continent with a Royal Embassy to collect Prince Ashgarâ€™s new bride.Â They are the first theater artists to appear outside Albeyn for at least seventy yearsâ€”for magic is suspect and forbidden elsewhere, and the Kingdomâ€™s easy race mixing and magic use horrifies the people they are to travel among.
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Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Sam Cavanaugh was one of the agents who discovered the truth. Unfortunately, that was just before he was taken over by one of the aliens and began working for the invaders, with no will of his own. And he has just learned that a high official in the Treasury Department is now under control of the aliens. Since the Treasury Department includes the Secret Service, which safeguards the President of the