After suffering a humiliating defeat in battle, two aristocratic officers in Carcosa’s army are tasked with a do-or-die mission: sneak into Moqara by whatever means possible, rendezvous with a spy embedded within the region, and recover the godstone hidden beneath the palace.
Aiding them is a bloodthirsty barbarian with the strength of a god, and a merchant closely related to one of Moqara’s most powerful families. How long can they stay undercover before Prince Andraz learns of their mission?
The cold war between Moqara and the Empire has begun.
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So what's next for me? Some down time, I think. I have two cats who have practically forgotten the joys of playing with string, I have a hammock and a stack of books that deserve my attention, and I need to get out of the house and see more of the world than just the four walls of my office. I kinda become a full blown hermit in the final stages of writing a book, to the point where sitting down for coffee in a cafe is something of a luxury.
After that? I hope to tackle the fifth Kingston Raine book. It's 90% written and edited, but I crashed three years ago and just couldn't finish it. Now's the time! Maybe. Hopefully. It's been weighing on my mind for all years so I'm going to try my best to dust it off.
Then: back to the Chimera universe, where Kes and Lazden no doubt antagonize each other a little more, Losten and Reina find trouble on their doorstep, and the fallout from The Allure of Fire sends most of those characters running for their lives.