Ever since her mother burned at the stake, seventeen-year-old Hannelore has been determined to keep her head down and avoid attention from anyone who would suspect that she was different. It keeps her family safe. When her father vanishes, leaving her step-mother and younger half-sisters on the brink of ruin, Lore decides to brave the vast wilderness of the Black Forest to bring him home. There, the seeds of a long-hidden magic bloom within her. She realizes her father has kept more secrets about her mother—and about her own abilities—than she ever suspected.
Lore finds her father being held prisoner by a pack of werewolves desperate for a witch to break their curse. Against her father’s wishes, she proposes a bargain: her assistance in exchange for her father’s freedom. Bound by her promise, Lore races to understand the power in her blood while the pack fights tooth and claw to cling to their humanity. She can’t ignore her growing attraction to Finch, the scarred young werewolf assigned to protect her, or to Anna, the brilliant and beautiful daughter of the pack’s Alpha. Her feelings grow more tangled as the three work together to uncover the thorn-laced truth about the connections between the wolves’ curse, the forest her mother once called home, and the witch hunters who damned her mother to the flames.
With every passing moon, the wolves fight harder and harder to conquer the beasts within. As witch hunters roam the forest and the pack reels from a brutal betrayal, Lore must embrace the magic in her blood to save those she loves…even if it means placing herself on the pyre.