A plague is turning the citizens of Mayal into killers. Now a swordsman, a drunk, and a dragon must find the sorceress with the cure.

Emethius Lunen has never been one for killing. Although he is one of the best swordsmen in the realm, as captain of the Red Company, he usually orders his men to do the fighting. But when Prince Meriatis attempts to overthrow the throne, Emethius can’t keep his hands clean.

Now Prince Meriatis is dead, and Emethius is to blame. Everyone believes the prince was simply insane, but Emethius has his own dark theory. It appears Prince Meriatis was afflicted by the Blackheart, a sickness that causes one to slowly lose their mind to an ancient deity known as the Shadow.

There are rumors of a sorceress who can cure the affliction, but she has gone into hiding somewhere in the fallen Empire of Cella. With more and more people contracting the Blackheart, Emethius sets out to find her. He only has two leads: a map written in blood, and the advice of a dragon who clearly has ulterior motives.

“It grips you right from the beginning, keeps you on the edge of your seat, until the very last heart-stopping moment!… If you like Nicholas Eames, Brandon Sanderson, and Patrick Rothfuss, you’re going to love this adventure.” 

★★★★★ Angel Haze

“Fast paced, action packed and wonderfully written… (Haywood) is among some of the best in this genre… If you’re looking for creative, imaginative and damn good writing this is a must read.”

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