One theft too many and their world will burn.
Malachy and his sister, Halia, have what it takes to survive the dangerous streets of Klathport, capital of the once-great kingdom of Ithian. From the moment he steals from Trask, everything goes to hell.
Trask follows the law, determined to serve the city. But the secrets he keeps and his turbulent past are about to catch up with him and the other side of prison bars could prove deadly.
Cerys plays the role of a simple travelling healer. Her mission was supposed to atone for a dreadful, long-ago act and she needs the two men to fulfil it. Instead, they unleash a chain of events which sees them hunted through city and surrounding desert by the guards, the council, a psychopathic murderer and a malevolent sorceress.
Romance, tragedy, and adventure combine in a magical land on the brink of war when past and present collide.
“If you’re looking for an imaginative read then I recommend fantasy author R. F. Long! … Arcane magic and shapeshifters keep the story a page-turner and twists are around every corner. Goddesses tend to do that, though.”
-Natalie, Ireadromance.com (Keeper Shelf)
“an enjoyable, entertaining romp through the bloodstained streets of a city rife with ethnic hatred, soul sucking witches and councillors who don’t know quite what they’ve let themselves in for…”
-Julia Knight, Fantasy Book Review
Reviews for 2009 edition
Originally published 2009 by Samhain Publishing, revised and reissued 2017.