Acclaimed author Lynn Flewelling brings her beloved Nightrunner series to a close - at least for now - with a thrilling novel of murder, mystery, and magic.
The governor of the sacred island of Kouros and his mistress have been killed inside a locked and guarded room. The sole witnesses to the crime - guards who broke down the doors, hearing the screams from within - have gone mad with terror, babbling about ghosts... and things worse than ghosts.
Dispatched to Kouros by the queen, master spies Alec and Seregil find all the excitement and danger they could want - and more. For an ancient evil has been awakened there, a great power that will not rest until it has escaped its prison and taken revenge on all that lives. And our heroes must find a way to stop it and save those they hold most dear... or die trying.