terrible accident on the island of his exile has transformed him into a
nightmarish scarecrow creature with dark, mysterious powers. Staging his own
suicide, Reen breaks free of his prison and, with the help of the former queen
Sofira, embarks on a ruthless quest for vengeance against his worst enemy, the
woman responsible for the overthrow of his schemes and his own ruination:
The missing body and a series of disasters in Port Loxton—a vicious murder, a
brutal ambush, and a devastating fire—raise suspicions in her mind. She probes
deeper, determined to uncover the truth, unsuspecting of the evil that’s about to
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noisome smell assailed his nose, the drip of water reached his ears. Lerric
shivered, his reaction not wholly due to the chill in the air.
of movement. Creaking leather, a hiss of pain. Lerric stepped one pace farther
from the door’s protection and raised his lamp. As soon as the faint yellow
light touched—and flinched from—the dark form huddled on the truckle bed along
the far wall, a vicious curse sounded. A crooked hand flew up to shield eyes
that could no longer bear good, honest light.
cell. When his eyes grew accustomed to the darkness, the king assessed the
cell’s lone occupant.
assumed scarecrow proportions. A parody of his former self. The fastidiously
clean and expensive raiment was replaced by a thin, shabby robe of dusty black.
A darker blot amid the shadows, it barely disguised the gaunt frame it covered.
replaced by a savage desire for revenge, a thirst for retribution. Three years
of incarceration and hopelessness, of nursing raging grievances, hadn’t
lessened the pious fervor and deeply-held beliefs. Thirty-six interminable
months of imprisonment and deprivation had served only to deepen his
determination to rid the land of those to whom he owed his life. Those without
whose mercy he would have suffered a horrific and agonizing death.