The Red Raids are in full swing. Decimated by the constant raids from the west, the Nora have managed to negotiate a ceasefire treaty with the Carja, at great cost.
Aloy is only a week out from the Proving, and she's impatient to win the boon of the Matriarchs to learn the answers of her origins. But a tacked-on condition of the ceasefire treaty promises to change her life forever, bringing her to new lands where danger lurks at every turn. Along the way, she must navigate her way through a hostile royal court, deal with her strange husband who burns hot and cold, and figure out how to execute a plot which may be her only hope of one day returning home to Rost.
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