Sir Brannon Kesh spent years building a new life as a physician, leaving the name Bloodhawk behind. But when the King’s cousin is murdered, duty forces him back toward bloodshed and a task his royal friend can trust to no one else. Solving the crime is the only way to save his country – and himself.
The disturbing crime scene suggests dark magic and clues point to the Nilarian ambassador, an alluring woman with secrets of her own. Kalanon barely survived the last Nilarian onslaught. Another war will mean disaster.
As bodies pile up, Brannon must join forces with a vain mage with a mysterious dragon tattoo, a socially awkward priest, and a zombie-raising shaman to solve the murders and prevent the impending chaos. If he and his team of misfits cannot stop the killer then all of Kalanon – and the world – will descend into darkness.