By Benedict Jacka
Issues are going good for Alex Verus. He's on reasonably strong phrases with the Council, his apprentice is settling in and his store in Camden is gaining rather a reputation.
But whilst a mysterious girl bursts into the Arcana Emporium one evening with an murderer on her tail, Alex is thrown right into a plot to restore a long-forbidden ritual. His previous enemies are after the key, in addition to a Council mage named Belthas and a mercenary named Garrick, and at the very least certainly one of them is attempting to get Alex killed - if he in simple terms knew which.
He can see the longer term, yet understanding who to belief is anything else.
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