The third and final novel in the Maradaine Elite series blends fast-paced high fantasy and political intrigue, bringing together the threads of the interconnected Maradaine novels.
Corruption and conspiracy have infected the city of Maradaine, from the top levels of power to the very depths beneath the city. Dayne Heldrin and Jerinne Fendall, elite warriors of the Tarian Order, have no idea how close they truly are to the center of the city's dark secrets. But when they learn that children are going missing, they know they must investigate further--no matter the cost.
They are soon joined by others, each with their own reasons for seeking the children. Veranix Calbert, the vigilante known as the Thorn, thinks his enemies are responsible for the missing children. Inspectors Minox Welling and Satrine Rainey fear the disappearing children are tied to corruption in the city Constabulary. Asti and Verci Rynax hope to protect the kids from their streets, one of whom barely escaped the kidnappers. And a mysterious young cloistress seeks to lead each of them deeper down into the depths of enigmas beneath the city, to the dark, unholy cult known as the Brotherhood, and the horrors that are growing within it.
The only hope Maradaine might have against the impending darkness is if these champions can work together to protect all the people of the city....
The high-stakes final chapter in Maresca's multiheaded Maradaine fantasy saga (after The Fenmere Job) brings together the heroes of all four series set in the medieval city of Maradaine for a world-saving escapade. Corruption within civil and religious organizations, encompassing everything from ballot tampering to murder, has stirred unrest in the city, and now children are being stolen from the streets. As rumors fly, Maresca's heroes set to work. Inspectors Minox Welling and Satrine Rainey believe the kidnappings are tied to corruption within the Constabulary, while costumed vigilante The Thorn Veranix Calbert by day, a magic student at the University of Maradaine fears the abductions are connected to the drug dealers he hunts. Tarian Order warriors Dayne Heldrin and Jerinne Fendall are ready to fight to protect the innocent, while Asti and Verci Rynax, the proprietors of Rynax Gadgeterium, are determined to uncover the truth. All are drawn together in the ancient tunnels beneath the city, where a villainous cult called the Brotherhood plots to overrun Maradaine with evil. Maresca's doughty heroes remain sturdy as ever, and the story moves with lightning speed. Fantasy adventure fans will enjoy this action-packed thriller, and series readers will be gratified to see all the pieces come together.