In a world where all natural forces - such as heat, light, and motion - are controlled by invisible winged creatures kwn as vox, mages have successfully conquered death, making all humans immortal. By chance, a journalist named Liiran discovers a winged woman sleeping in a glass coffin, buried in a long-abandoned facility in the desert. The woman, Mortis, is the vox of death. She escapes her prison, but with memory of what she is, Mortis goes to the only person she remembers - Liiran. Declared a criminal merely by his kwledge of Mortis' existence, and nearly arrested for treason, Liiran learns that his government is controlled by mages and a corrupt vox bent on taking over the world. He and Mortis are forced to flee, and are drawn into the chaos of war, meeting an enslaved vox, an independent journalist, and a pair of beautiful assassins as they fight to rescue Mortis' friends and avoid imprisonment. Meanwhile, Liiran struggles with his confusing love for the living personification of death - and the fundamental questions of what it really means to live.
Jessica Steiner, family law lawyer, is also a novelist. She lives in Vancouver, Canada, with her fiancee of 13 years, Miko Brown, and her various animals. She works for her mother, which actually works out really well. She spends far too much time futzing around on the internet doing geeky things, and rarely actually refers to herself in the third person.