Trouble is brewing in the Five Provinces. Mysterious magical artifacts have gone missing from the royal vaults. Master thieves from a secret society known as the Shadowhands are disappearing. And without explanation, the High Laird has begun imprisoning the peaceful Sarosan people.
Jaxter Grimjinx suspects all these things are connected, but after the tapestry fiasco involving his family nearly destroyed Vengekeep, he knows better than to get involved. Then he and his parents receive a summons from the Shadowhands — a summons that they would be foolish to ignore — and Jaxter is thrust into the heart of the conspiracy. With the help of a few new friends and an old friend he’d rather forget, Jaxter will have to delve deep into some long-buried — and dangerous — secrets.
With more twists and turns than a palace vault and one unforgettable family of thieves, this second book in the epic Vengekeep trilogy will leave you breathless for the final installment. Bangers!
Brian Farrey completed his MFA in creative writing at Hamline University in St. Paul. He is the author of the teen novel With or Without You, and he's currently an acquisitions editor at Flux Books.