Dark forces seek to topple the Mage Guild and the Empire itself. But one man emerges from the shadows to battle them.
When retired Imperial Investigator Bander reaches into a hollow log to retrieve his cache of gold, he finds it missing and something else left in its place: a scrying stone with a message from a mysterious young sorceress. She desperately needs his help in solving the murder of Tobin Leroth, a renowned mage and one of Bander’s oldest friends.
Tobin Leroth was murdered during a city festival and only the secretive Mage Guild knows why.
But as Bander gets drawn deeper into a deadly mystery that involves the highest powers in the realm, he finds himself battling the same dark forces he suspects killed his friend. But this time they are hunting him…
Bander’s appearance is deceiving. Judging by his hulking battle-scarred body, you might think he is merely a brawling warrior. He stands nearly seven feet tall and weighs as much as a stag. But beneath the brawn is a keen mind that never stops solving mysteries. Both his mind and his muscles have served him well during his long career as the Imperial Investigator in the capital city of Rundlun. Since he retired three years ago, Bander has left the teeming city behind and now spends his days wandering the countryside, enjoying the peace and quiet. But an urgent call for help from a young sorceress changes everything.
Silbra Dal, the Mage Guild representative in the city of Waterside, must solve a gruesome murder of one of her guildmembers—a murder that has thrown the city into chaos. But as she digs deeper, she discovers this is far more than a murder. And she can’t face this new threat alone. Soon Bander is drawn into a diabolical conspiracy that threatens to destroy the esteemed Mage Guild and indeed the Empire itself. Within six days, the world as Bander knows it will end. And there may be nothing he can do to stop it…
When an ex-Los Alamos scientist uncovers a “black” military project (involving genetically-modified komodo dragons) which threatens a major metropolitan area, she must infiltrate a secret underground lab to extract the evidence she needs to shut the project down.