A novel of magic, a heist, and the unexpected things that change your life.
When Daniel Blackland was six, he ingested his first bone fragment, a bit of kraken spine plucked out of the sand during a visit with his demanding, brilliant, and powerful magician father, Sebastian. Then, when Daniel was twelve, he watched Sebastian die at the hands of the Hierarch of Southern California, devoured for the heightened magic layered deep within his bones.
Now thirty, Daniel is a petty thief with a forged identity. Hiding amid the crowds in Los Angeles — the capital of the Kingdom of Southern California — he is trying to go straight. But his crime-boss uncle has a heist for Daniel to undertake: break into the the Hierarch's storehouse of magical artifacts and retrieve Sebastian's sword, an object of untold power.
Daniel assembles a trustworthy team of his closest friends from the criminal world. Moth, who can take a bullet and heal in mere minutes. Jo Morales, illusionist. The multitalented Cassandra, Daniel's ex. And, new to them all, the enigmatic, knowledgeable Emma, with her British accent and her own grudge against the powers-that-be. The stakes are high, and the stage is set for a showdown that might just break the magic that protects a long-corrupt regime.
Extravagant, inventive, and shot through with moments of intensity as bright as the California sun, Daniel's story is an epic adventure set in a city of canals and secrets and casual brutality — different from the world we know, and yet also familiar and true.