When Pillar, a simple tradesman from Serenissima, catches the bundle thrown to him by a mysterious, dying rider, he has no idea that he is holding the child who will one day decide the fate of the world.
Identity carefully hidden, the child is taught the art of candlemaking. But as Tallow comes of age and unusual talents start to manifest, a homely craft transforms into a deadly one.
As understanding of Tallow's power grows, so does the interest of those who watch from the shadows: a vengeful, bitter aristocrat, an exotic queen, and the lethal creatures known as the Morte Whisperers, all of whom realise that Tallow is far more than a mere apprentice.
To survive, Tallow must deceive friends and allies as if they were the deadliest enemies . . .
Set in a fantastical city akin to Renaissance Venice, the first volume of The Curse of the Bond Riders trilogy is a richly woven tapestry of intrigue, romance, mystery, political corruption and dark magic.