Empires clash and evil stakes its claim in the second in a new series from the New York Times bestselling author of the Raven’s Shadow Trilogy.
In the vast Ironship Trading Syndicate, nothing is more valuable than the blood of drakes. Harvested from captive creatures, it can be distilled into elixirs that bestow abilities on the rare men and women known as the Blood-blessed. Soon, they will be the only thing standing between civilization and chaos.
A fearsome power has arisen — a drake so mighty that the world will tremble before it. Rogue Blood-blessed Claydon Torcreek, Syndicate agent Lizanne Letheridge, and ironship captain Corrick Hilemore embark upon perilous quests to chase down clues that offer faint hopes of salvation. But their actions unwittingly ignite the fires of revolution and set in motion a chain of events that may bring down the whole empire — and the world with it.
Anthony Ryan was born in Scotland in 1970 but spent much of his adult life living and working in London. After a long career in the British Civil Service he took up writing full time after the success of his first novel Blood Song, Book One of the Raven’s Shadow trilogy. He has a degree in history, and his interests include art, science and the unending quest for the perfect pint of real ale.