Cover art by Jean Pierre Targete. Cover: Cauvin, Bec and Molin Torchholder.
Empires rise and fall but the city of Sanctuary trudges on.
The Age of the Rankan reign of Kadakithis, the occupation of the Beysib, and indeed the erstwhile Renaissance are all in the past. But the memories of the glory, savagery, and intrigue still live on. It is years later and the heroes of the past, Jubal, Tempus, Shadowspawn, and the Storm children are consigned to the ranks of fallible memory, myth, and rumor.
A lone survivor of the past, Molin Torchholder, is preparing to die in hiding, the victim of an assassination attempt by enemies long thought dead. But before he dies, he must arrange for a successor to guard the city's secrets. Cauvin, a refugee from one of the city's bloodiest eras, and a boy named Bec are enlisted to do Molin's bidding and thus uncover the secrets of the past, present, and even the future of the legendary Thieves' World.