Felix Rossini is a man
with a thousand enemies. Framed for murder, hunted by Mirenze's
protectors as well as the criminal underworld, he struggles to survive
and fight back against the conspiracy that has marked him for death. A
conspiracy of another kind is brewing across the ocean, as the corrupt
aristocracy draws Livia Serafini’s oldest friends into a plot to destroy
her. If she can’t find a way to overcome the occult infection spreading
through her veins, they may not have to.
And in the shadows, the Owl prepares to wage bloody war against the most dangerous foe of all - her own coven - as she leads her disciples in a quest to recover a deadly relic. It's a showdown that will end where it all began: in the frozen hell of Winter's Reach, under a rain of fire.
From a rebel uprising in the west, to a broken crusade in the east, the dominoes fall one by one. Where they land will determine the fate of an empire.
Craig Schaefer's books have taken readers to the seamy edge of a criminal underworld drenched in shadow (the Daniel Faust series), to a world torn by war, poison and witchcraft (the Revanche Cycle), and - beginning this winter - across a modern America mired in occult mysteries and a conspiracy of lies (the Harmony Black series).
Despite this, people say he's strangely normal. Suspiciously normal, in fact.
Schaefer lives in Illinois with a small retinue of cats, all of whom try to interrupt his writing schedule and/or kill him on a regular basis. He practices sleight of hand in his spare time, though he's not very good at it.