By Douglas Hulick

It’s been 3 months for the reason that Drothe killed a legend, burned down a element of the imperial capital, and located himself without warning increased into the ranks of the legal elite. because the latest grey Prince within the underworld, he’s not just received associates, but additionally rivals—and a few of them aren’t troubled via his newfound name. A prince’s blood, because the asserting is going, flows simply as pink as a beggar’s.

So whilst one other grey Prince is murdered and all indicators aspect to Drothe because the hand at the back of the knife, he is familiar with it’s his blood that’s at risk of being spilled. As former allies flip their backs and darkish rumors start to circulation, Drothe is approached through a guy who says he could make every little thing correct back. All he wishes in alternate is a unmarried favor.

Now Drothe unearths himself touring to the Despotate of Djan, the empire’s long-standing enemy, to go looking for the buddy he betrayed—and the one one that can get him out of this mess. however the grains of sand are operating out quick, or even if Drothe can locate his buddy, he will not be capable of convince him to aid in time...

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