Epic fantasy built on historical realism, with a science fiction twist.
The Emperor of the Corianth Empire is old and frail and has no successor. The cavalier Emperor’s Guard and the disciplined Cardinal’s Men remain locked in an age-old conflict. Then a mysterious stranger appears, leaving in his wake tales of miracles and murders…
Meanwhile, a group of young travelers are brought together on the promise of work: Sirrath is on the run from violent street gangs, Erin is an acolyte who struggles with her faith, and Dalathos is looking to be apprenticed as a blacksmith. Together they hope to find their dreams and fortune in the city of Corianth. Instead, they find themselves snared in a deadly conspiracy.
The forces against them are too strong – Sirrath must lead the others safely from the city. But to do that he has to face the very street gangs he’s spent a lifetime running from. The decisions he makes won’t just decide his survival — but also the fate of an empire, and the future of humanity.