Speculative fiction is a broad umbrella category of narrative fiction referring to any fiction story that includes elements, settings and characters whose features are created out of imagination and speculation rather than based on attested reality and everyday life. That encompasses the genres of science fiction, fantasy, science fantasy, horror, alternative history, and magic realism.
Arilyn Moonblade is one of the two best assassins in the Northlands. Or maybe both.
From Cormyr to Waterdeep, Harpers are being murdered. The trail leads to the half-elven adventurer Arilyn. Is she guilty, or is she the next target? No one, not even Arilyn, is entirely certain. Master Harper Khelben Arunsun sends Danilo Thann to find out – and to decide whether to help her, or stop her.
Tormented by strange dreams and stalked by shadows, Arilyn must uncover the ancient secret of her sword's power in order to find and face the Harper assassin.
Elaine Cunningham (USA, born 1962) published her first novel, Elfshadow, in 1991. Since then she has written the Songs & Swords series and the Counselors & Kings trilogy. Cunningham lives in New England.