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A youthful indiscretion has come back to haunt pureblood Lucian de Remeni-Masson. His contract with the Registry has been canceled, and he is offered a degrading new one with the city coroner, Bastien. With a young sister to support, Lucian has to accept, and Bastien sets him to drawing unidentified corpses in hopes of finding their next of kin (and perhaps a reward). But Lucian's magical talent to paint things as they truly are also gets him involved with a political conspiracy when he and Bastien discover that the royal family's illegitimate offspring are being killed and dumped in the city slums. VERDICT Berg drops readers into her fantasy world, the same one as her Lighthouse duology, without much explication. Luckily the author is talented enough to create a narrative that will pull in even those unfamiliar with the previous books. Lucian has a great character arc; he emerges from a privileged youth who suffered a great personal loss to become someone who's determined to find the truth.