Heart of the Curiosity
by H. L. Burke
Born with a magical knack for manipulating emotions, Leodora’s only dream is to ensure her little sister dances on the biggest, brightest stage in the Republic: The Curiosity. After escaping a cruel carnival, Leo secures her sister a place in the Curiosity’s chorus line, and herself a job as a professional audience member, swaying the crowd’s mood with her magic. The girls have a home for the first time in their lives.
Then a tragic accident darkens the theater. A greedy businessman begins blackmailing Leo, and financial woes threaten to close the show forever. The Curiosity’s sole hope lies in a mythical power source hidden beneath the maze-like passages and trapdoors of the theater–the Heart. If Leo cannot recover the Heart in time, she and her sister will be cast out of the only home they’ve ever known, and the final curtain will fall on The Curiosity.