- Expected 9 Sep 2021
A group of uniquely skilled criminals team up for an impossible job . . . while plotting to betray one another
Ryia Cautella is a callous and brazen mercenary working for a criminal syndicate in the slums of the dockside city of Carrowwick. In just over a year's time she's already earned herself a reputation as the quickest, deadliest blade in the city - not to mention the sharpest tongue. But Ryia Cautella is not her real name.
For the past six years a deadly secret has kept Ryia in hiding, running from city to city, doing whatever it takes to stay one step ahead of the formidable Guildmaster - sovereign ruler of the five kingdoms of Thamorr. No matter how far or fast she runs, his servants never fail to track her down... But even the most powerful men can be defeated.
Her path now leads directly into the heart of the Guildmaster's stronghold, and against every instinct she has, she knows it's not a path she can walk alone. Forced to team up with a crew of assorted miscreants, smugglers and thieves, Ryia must plan her next moves carefully. If she succeeds she wins her freedom once and for all, but unfortunately for Ryia, her new allies are nearly as selfish as she is...
And they all have plans of their own.
Kuhn debuts with an electrifying fantasy that takes readers into the seamy heart of Dresdell, one of the five kingdoms of Thamorr, where rival crime syndicates vie for jobs. When Toliver Shadowwood, the King of Edale, arranges a meeting with the Kestrel Crowns, Ryia Cautella, an infamous member of the Saints of the Wharf, snoops on their rendezvous. She discovers that Shadowwood is after an ancient, magical quill belonging to the Guildmaster of Thamorr, the most powerful person in all the five kingdoms. It's this quill that gives the Guildmaster his uncanny powers, so when the Crowns reject the offer, Ryia seizes the opportunity to poach the job, bringing the intel to her boss, Callum Clem. The Saints prepare for a sea voyage to the Guildmaster's island but just as they're setting out, Callum is arrested. The rest of the Saints must forge ahead without his guidance, suddenly stripped of any concrete plans to carry out their death-defying heist. The plot thickens as the Saints near their goal, with hints of deception and betrayal among the crew. Though the supporting characters feel sketchy at times, Kuhn successfully builds a fast-paced mystery around both the quill's powers and Ryia's troubled past. Fantasy fans won't want to miss this.)\n