Author(s): Den Patrick
The second book in a gripping high fantasy series set in the castle of Demesne, from the author of The Boy With the Porcelain Blade
With his rich evocation of the Italian Renaissance-like realm of Landfall, his uniquely appealing way with flawed yet empathic characters, and his ability to write gripping scenes of both action and subterfuge, Den Patrick has already established himself as a new favorite for fans of Scott Lynch and Robin Hobb alike. 10 years have passed since the disappearance of Lucien, and his protege, the young swordsman Dino, is struggling to live up to Lucien's legacy. Sworn to protect the silent queen Anea as she struggles to bring a new democracy to Demesne, Dino finds himself drawn into a deadly game of political intrigue as the aristocratic families of Landfall conspire to protect their privilege. Always ready to prove himself as a swordsman, Dino is anguished to discover that in order to fulfill his vow he must become both spy and assassin. And all the while, the dark secret at the heart of Demesne is growing towards fulfillment.