Shade Nox is an abomination and a wanted criminal. When she is called upon to raise a Veil to protect her people, she discovers a road much rockier than she expected, made no easier by Raiden Mad – Imperial emissary – who intends to capture and imprison her…

File Under: Fantasy [ Tattoos At Dawn | Underestimated Women | Old Jealousies | The End of Whose World ]


**SHORTLISTED for the The Fantasy Hive, Debut of the Year 2022**

Obsidian follows Shade Nox – an abomination and a wanted criminal. She wears her tattoos openly as any bloodwizard would, and carries obsidian blades at her hips.

Shade scratches out a dangerous living in the broken Wastes, but now that they are growing more unstable and dangerous, she and her people need a Veil to protect them. Shade vows to raise one – a feat not accomplished in over a hundred years, and never performed by a woman.

The Veils are controlled by the Brotherhood, who consider them sacred creations. They would sooner see them all collapse into dust than allow a witch to raise one.

With the help of her friends and allies, and her own indomitable will, Shade stays one step ahead of her enemies. But when she learns the true sacrifice required to raise a Veil – a secret even the centuries-old Brotherhood has forgotten – it is too high a price to pay. Nevertheless, she must pay it, or she will lose everything and everyone she loves…