Dr Ernst Cadman has led a quiet life, but that's how he's wanted it all these hundreds of years. With a secret like his, anonymity and caution are the best friends a man can have. Nothing could tempt him from the safety of his parasitic existence at the heart of the city of Sarum-at least nothing this side of the Abyss.
Cadman stakes everything on obtaining the artefact that once destroyed an entire civilization, but in so doing he draws the gaze of a sinister presence from beyond the stars.
Meanwhile, Deacon Shader, veteran of the war against the undead armies of the Liche Lord, has one last fight in him. This time it's just a tournament, with the prize a sword steeped in myth. Win or lose, Shader intends to defy his Templum master and retire to the Abbey of Pardes.
When a horror from the past wrecks Shader's monastic dream and leads him to plague torn Sarum, he finds an ancient power unleashed that imperils more than he could possibly imagine-a power now in the hands of Dr Cadman.
Gods tremble, and worlds will fall unless Shader can conquer his personal demons and accept the fate he's been prepared for since birth.
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I'm not sure why I didn't particularly like this book. Perhaps it is because it is only one of two books that I have read as an ebook on the small screen (phone). It took me a while for me to finish reading this book because I would only read little snippets when I had free time in between doing something. But anyways.I wanted to like it, I really did. It has dry humor, which is either a hit or miss for me. In this case, it was a strike. There were various aspects of the story that I was unclear of, whether that was a lack of concentration on my part or the writing I can't say. But that is the result, either way.In terms of characters, there are a few that stuck with me, for better or worse. The eccentric Cadman, who has been around for quite a while, the ever righteous Shader, the assassin Shadrak, and the love interest, Rhiannon. The story jumps around to cover everyone (there are a few other ones, the names of which are escaping me at the moment). That is probably one of the reasons that I was so confused, it was hard to keep track of so many people. And I have to say, Shader and Shadrak are pretty similar. In any case, this book wasn't for me, but that doesn't mean it's a bad book by any means. With all of the five star reviews, mine is the odd one out. You can only try it for yourself and see.