After more than a decade of waiting, fans of Nightfall, the mythical assassin featured in Mickey Zucker Reichert's The Legend of Nightfall (1993), is back and badder than ever! Thief, swordsman, adventurer, and alleged demon, Nightfall faces his biggest challenge yet when his king -- and best friend -- is kidnapped and presumed dead.
King Edward of Alyndar is an idealistic ruler who believes in honor and duty. Newly crowned, the young king vows to set matters straight with a neighboring duke who had wrongly claimed that Edward had defiled his daughter. Nightfall, the king's adviser, reluctantly accompanies him on the dangerous trip. Events take a disastrous turn as a group of professional killers kidnap the king while Nightfall is away taking care of an "old commitment." Once back in Alyndar, Nightfall is attacked himself by the High Council, who claim Nightfall planned the disappearance as a ploy to usurp power. Charged with treason, Nightfall must stay alive long enough to find his friend and return him to Alyndar before traitorous councilmen steal the throne!
In the vein of R. A. Salvatore's dark elf Drizzt Do'Urden and Michael Moorcock's albino sorcerer Elric of Melniboné, Reichert's Nightfall is arguably the most complex and thoroughly entertaining antihero to come along in decades, a master of disguise who alters personas as easily as changing clothes. This adventure -- which includes evil sorcerers, rowdy pirates, scheming politicians, and enough nonstop action to satisfy the most zealous swashbuckler fanatic -- is his most exciting yet, and hopefully not his last. Paul Goat Allen