Kirrin dreads the walk home from the public bath house. Being smaller than the other boys, quiet, and somewhat foreign makes him their ideal target- as numerous beatings attest. He prays to the gods to get him home safely, but they don’t seem to be listening.
To escape one such attack, he hides in a parked carriage and ends up on the ride of his life. Outside the city, in the world of powerful lords and estates, he is accused of trespassing and theft. In his fervent attempts to escape, he impresses the Lord, who takes him under his wing and teaches him to fight.
Kirrin has no idea what he has gotten himself into. He is being groomed, but for what? The gods have saved him from the bullying, but soon he’s caught up in a web of deceit and corruption that has no escape. The old gods have been dormant for over a thousand years. Now they are stirring. And Kirrin has a part to play – if he can manage to survive.
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