A warrior of legend. A warrior to be feared.
The famed Yulan is leader of The Free, the last remaining band of mercenaries in the Hommetic Kingdom. He and his comrades have earned a reputation of mythic proportions by selling their martial and magical talents to the highest bidder. Feared and revered, they were once seen as a threat to the Hommetic Kingdom's power - until they outlasted it in the course of a bloody rebellion.
With the oppressive monarch overthrown, The Free plan to finally lay down their weapons, hoping for a chance of peace at last. But their enemies will not let them rest just yet. For the final contract Yulan is offered is one he'll be unable to refuse - not when he learns the target is the very man responsible for the worst atrocity he has ever witnessed. It is an evil that Yulan failed to prevent - one that has haunted him ever since. And now is his last chance to right that wrong.
But as Yulan and his companions embark on their last journey, a potent mix of vengeance, love and loyalty is building to a storm. It is a storm so violent it is likely to destroy the last of the free companies. And only then will they discover the true price of freedom.
Brian Ruckley lives in Edinburgh. He is the author of the Godless World trilogy.