Blending vigilante justice with epic fantasy, this third Maradaine novel finds student Veranix Calbert returning to fight crime • “Veranix is Batman, if Batman were a teenager and magically talented.” —Library Journal
Summer and the Grand Tournament of High Colleges have come to the University of Maradaine. If the heat and the crowds weren't enough to bring the campus and the neighborhood of Aventil to a boiling point, rumors that The Thorn is on the warpath—killing the last of the Red Rabbits—is enough to tip all of Maradaine into the fire.
Except Veranix Calbert, magic student at the University, is The Thorn, and he's not the one viciously hunting the Red Rabbits. Veranix has his hands full with his share of responsibilities for the Tournament, and as The Thorn he’s been trying to find the source of the mind-destroying effitte being sold on campus. He’s as confused as anyone about the rumors.
When The Thorn imposter publicly attacks the local Aventil constables, the Constabulary bring in their own special investigators: Inspectors Minox Welling and Satrine Rainey from the Maradaine Grand Inspectors Unit. Can Veranix find out who the imposter is and stop him before Welling and Rainey arrest him for the imposter’s crimes?
Maresca's third Maradaine fantasy epic installment (after The Thorn of Dentonhill and The Alchemy of Chaos) brings together the vigilante called the Thorn and the steadfast officers of the Maradaine Constabulary. University of Maradaine magic student Veranix Calbert created the Thorn alter ego to get the dangerous drug effitte off the streets of his Dentonhill neighborhood, and his efforts have enjoyed success. But now a ruthless murderer is impersonating him, bringing the Maradaine Constabulary hot on his trail. With Aventil's streets crowded by students visiting for the Grand Tournament of the High Colleges at the University, evidence of renewed effitte use on campus, and a price on his head, the Thorn will need to move fast to stay free and clear his name without revealing his true identity. As always, Maresca's busy city of Maradaine and its multicultural denizens reveal his skill at creating lively, believable settings. Readers unfamiliar with the series will need to get up to speed with all the characters and subplots, but the effort is repaid by this fun, pulpy fantasy adventure.