An outcast mage caught between two warring empires must either save the world or destroy everything she loves in the second novel of "an unforgettable epic fantasy" trilogy (Publishers Weekly).
Sal the Cacophony -- outlaw, outcast, outnumbered -- destroys all that she loves. Her lover lost and cities burned in her wake, all she has left is her magical gun and her all-consuming quest for revenge against those who stole her power and took the sky from her.
When the roguish agent of a mysterious patron offers her the chance to participate in a heist to steal an incredible power from the famed airship fleet, the Ten Arrows, she finds a new purpose. But a plot to save the world by bringing down empires swiftly escalates into a conspiracy of magic and vengeance that threatens to burn everything to ash, including herself.
For more from Sam Sykes, check out:
The Grave of Empires:Seven Blades in BlackTen Arrows of Iron
Bring Down Heaven:The City Stained RedThe Mortal TallyGod's Last Breath
The Affinity for Steel Trilogy:Tome of the UndergatesBlack HaloThe Skybound Sea
The second installment to Sykes's The Grave of Empires series (following Seven Blades in Black) reunites readers with the magnificently complex heroine Sal the Cacophony in a hair-raising adventure packed with action, wit, and feeling. Exhausted by her quest for revenge against the 33 wizards who betrayed her and stole her magic, Sal accepts a job from Two Lonely Old Men to steal a relic of enormous power from the airship fleet Ten Arrows, believing it will bring her one step closer to the vengeance and the peace she craves. By the time Sal discovers she's been roped into a much larger magical conspiracy, the only way to save herself, those she loves, and the innocents around her is all-out war. Sykes weaves the multiple converging plot threads with grace, and easily moves his myriad well-shaded characters through a lavish world and larger-than-life battlescapes. Despite the novel's epic scope, Sal's relationship with her beloved, Liette, remains personal, intimate, and heartbreakingly human throughout. This an unforgettable epic fantasy.