Courtney Schafer's The Tainted City will be published by Night Shade Books in October 2012. The Tainted City is the second book of The Shattered Sigil trilogy.
Courtney Schafer is an American fantasy author, who is the author of The Whitefire Crossing (the first book of The Shattered Sigil trilogy). The Whitefire Crossing was her debut book.
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Here's a description of The Tainted City:
Dev is a desperate man. After narrowly surviving a smuggling job gone wrong, he's now a prisoner of the Alathian Council, held hostage to ensure his friend Kiran - former apprentice to one of the most ruthless mages alive - does their bidding.
But Kiran isn't Dev's only concern. Back in his home city of Ninavel, the child he once swore to protect faces a terrible fate if he can't reach her in time, and the days are fast slipping away. So when the Council offers Dev freedom in exchange for his and Kiran's assistance in a clandestine mission to Ninavel, he can't refuse, no matter how much he distrusts their motives.
Once in Ninavel the mission proves more treacherous than even Dev could have imagined. Betrayed by allies, forced to aid their enemies, he and Kiran must confront the darkest truths of their pasts if they hope to save those they love and survive their return to the Tainted City.