The epic conclusion to the Hussite Trilogy by the bestselling author of The Witcher finds Reynevan - infamous magician and disgraced scoundrel - on the run after being sentenced to death by the Catholic Church.
Reynevan is besieged on all sides and faces torture and execution if he makes any mistake in his quest to find his beloved, Jutta of Apolda. Aided by his companions - the ever-pragmatic Scharley and the mysterious being known as Samson Honeypot - his journey takes him all over the Bohemian realm.
And Reynevan will need every ounce of his wit, intelligence and cunning if he is to succeed in his search. The political and religious alliances of the Hussite Wars are ever shifting, and the battle for dominance threatens to devour anyone who gets in their way.
Faced too with dark magical forces summoned by the malevolent Birkart of Grellenort, aided by his terrifying band of Back Riders, Reynevan knows the odds of finding Jutta decrease with every obstacle he is forced to overcome along the way. But he has never let impossible odds stop him before - and he will be reunited with his love, whatever the cost.
Bestseller Sapkowski (Warriors of God) delivers a knockout blow in the epic conclusion to his dense historical fantasy trilogy about the religious wars of the mid–15th century. Reynevan (aka Reinmar of Bielawa), sometime physician and sorcerer, now full-time heretic, continues to serve the Hussite cause even as the objects of his love, Jutta Apolda, and his vengeance, Birkart Grellenort, keep eluding his grasp. Fatigue is setting in, too, as the Catholic and Hussite, Pole and Czech factions all look for a final strike to end the continuous raids and atrocities. Sapkowski intricately details the grit and grime of war, where even the most sacred relic may be sacrificed in the name of victory. Removing any romanticizing lens on his vast cast's heroics, he spares neither the guilty nor the innocent—nor fan favorite characters—as all sides compromise to reduce the fires of fanaticism. Readers willing to plunge deep into Bohemian history will be richly rewarded with an appreciation for how bloody crusades look from the bottom up. Agent: Patricia Pasqualini, Patricia Pasqualini Literary.