Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Saint Martin's Press (Dec 2002)
The ninth Vlad Taltos book (the tenth, Dzur is only just recently in hardback), this continues from where Orca left off. Vlad is still on the run. But, somewhat to his surprise, the elegant and charming Lady Teldra, Lord Morrolan's greeter and a member of the House of Issola (the Issola is a graceful bird along the stork or heron lines), finds him in the woods, and informs him his help is needed. Morrolan and Aliera have gone missing, and they are neither dead, not anywhere in this world.
It turns out to be quite a threat that needs to be faced this time. At the end of it, some changes have occurred, and not everyone who started the journey has survived. And perhaps it's time for Vlad to return from his exile - he's become quite a mover and shaker in his own way, even if it's not well known.
Another Taltos tale, and another winner.