peasant farmer princess spy
After her father is arrested and sent to prison, Mara fights against the lord who rules their lives in order to keep her home and freedom. As she struggles to prove she can maintain her property as well as any man, Mara turns to petty theft to keep herself out of an arranged marriage to a cruel merchant. But when she attempts to steal a parcel of letters from the king's emissary, Mara discovers news of a threat to her entire country: an impending war with a neighboring nation.
To save herself from joining her father in prison, Mara joins the fight and becomes a spy for her country. But her mission is one that will force her to befriend, and even become, the type of person she has lived her whole life despising. If she fails, it could cost her country its independence and her, her life.
Liani is a sister of the Order of Iesa, a religious sect tasked with keeping queens in line and protecting the history of all the colonies that have come before. When Liani has a vision of the goddess asking for her help, Liani realizes that in order to save not just her colony, but the future of all Mellifera, she must go against everything she has ever believed.
Rona is queen of her colony and faces her first true test as ruler. She must lead her daughters in search of a different home that will be fruitful and ready to withstand a harsh winter. After a stranger attempts to invade their new home, Rona wonders if she has led her colony to its doom.
XX-1 is a slave and works diligently to gather enough pollen for her apiary. Failure means death by the mechanical drones that monitor her every move and heartbeat. But after her best friend challenges her complacency, together they devise a plan that will bring all Mellifera together in a battle for their very existence.