For all his power as God of Strife and Lord of the Dead, Cyric cannot achieve that which he desires most – revenge on the goddess of Magic. To this end, he searches in vain for the soul of Kelemvor Lyonsbane. Once Cyric's friend and the goddess Midnight's lover, in the time when all three roamed the world as mortals, Kelemvor remains hidden from Cyric by those who would see the mad god overthrown.
But Cyric will risk all to find his quiet nemesis, even the destruction of the Realm of the Dead.
James Daniel Lowder (born 1963) is an American author and editor, working most often within the fantasy, dark fantasy, and horror genres.
James Lowder's earliest novels were part of the Forgotten Realms and Ravenloft shared universe book lines, but beginning in the late 1990s he turned his attention more often to creator-owned projects. Some of his short stories have been cited in the honorable mention list of the annual Year's Best Fantasy and Horror. He was an Origins Award finalist in the Best Short Fiction category for his 2003 novella, "The Night Chicago Died", a story that featured the debut of his mystery man character, The Corpse. His novels have been translated into more than ten languages.