Death is no stranger in the city of Erisin, but some deaths attract more attention than others. When a prostitute dies carrying a royal signet, Isyllt Iskaldur, necromancer and agent of the Crown, is called to investigate.
Her search leads to desecrated tombs below the palace, and the lightless vaults of the vampiric vrykoloi.
But worse things than vampires are plotting in Erisin - a long-dead sorceress is making a bid not only for renewed life but for the throne as well, and Isyllt's former lover is caught in her schemes.
As a sorcerous plague sweeps the city, Isyllt must decide who she's prepared to betray - the man she still loves, or the royal family she's sworn to defend.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 480 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 02/12/2010
- Category: Fantasy
- ISBN: 9781841498157
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Review by drachenbraut23
Interesting fantasy story, with lavish descriptions of the environment and in this second installment a much better characterization of the protagonists. The books are set in a somewhat Asian world with their history and mythology and contained an interesting combination of political and paranormal plots, looked at different sexual tabus, painted a picture of the intrigues in the court of nobles, all in all this book was much more interesting and better constructed then the first one. We also have a scary look at the catacombs with their vampires and other beings. What I liked most was Isyllt's particular form of "Necromancy" and her passionate caring for the poor and therefore her uncompromising need for justice "No matter what" the rank of one person.