Thieves, dangerous magic, and a weapon built with the power to destroy a god clash in this second novel of Gareth Hanrahan's acclaimed epic fantasy series, The Black Iron Legacy.
Enter a city of spires and shadows . . .
The Gutter Miracle changed the landscape of Guerdon forever. Six months after it was conjured into being, the labyrinthine New City has become a haven for criminals and refugees.
Rumors have spread of a devastating new weapon buried beneath the streets - a weapon with the power to destroy a god. As Guerdon strives to remain neutral, two of the most powerful factions in the godswar send agents into the city to find it.
As tensions escalate and armies gather at the borders, how long will Guerdon be able to keep its enemies at bay?
The Shadow Saint continues the gripping tale of dark gods and dangerous magic that began with Hanrahan's acclaimed debut The Gutter Prayer.
The epic, surreal second volume in Hanrahan's Black Iron Legacy series (following The Gutter Prayer) mixes diplomacy, espionage, and religion to excellent effect. The politically neutral city of Guerdon serves as a refuge for odd saints and unclassifiable magical creatures during a raging war between unhinged deities. Terevant Erevesic, a lieutenant newly posted to Guerdon as guard captain at the embassy, is tasked with securing Guerdon's god bombs, weapons powerful enough to level the field in the ongoing Godswar. Meanwhile, political operative Eladora Duttin works to drum up votes for the Industrial Liberal party in the upcoming parliamentary election in a new neighborhood formed during a recent alchemical disaster known as the Crisis. Through these various political machinations moves "the spy," an unnamed man who has assumed the identity of Alic Nemon, a refugee from the Godswar and "father" to Emlin, a young saint. Hanrahan crafts a mind-blowingly complex world governed by capricious deities who actively alter reality. Series fans and new readers alike will delight entering this strange, immersive universe.