From the endlessly inventive mind of one of fantasy's all-time greats, comes a spellbinding new adventure of high magic, treachery and bloody war: the third novel of Feist's successful collaborative series.
In conjunction with master of alternative US history Steve Stirling, Feist returns to tell the full tale of one of his fans' favourite and most colourful Riftwar characters, pickpocket, mountebank and confidence trickster Jimmy the Hand.
Jimmy the Hand, boy thief of Krondor, lived in the shadows of the city. The sewers were his byways and a flea-ridden, rat-infested cellar his home. Gifted beyond his peers, he was still only a pickpocket with potential. Until the day he met Prince Arutha.
In aiding the Prince in his rescue of Princess Anita from imprisonment by Duke Guy de Bas-Tyra, Jimmy ran afoul of Black Guy's secret police. Fearing reprisal and seeking an opportunity to advance his place in life, Jimmy fled the city and ventured north to the relatively safe haven of Sarth.
Suspecting the rural villagers had never encountered a lad with his talent and nose for finding wealth - other people's wealth - Jimmy was unprepared for what greeted him. For Sarth was home to others who trod the dodgy path, as well as to a darker secret, a dangerous presence unknown to even the local thieves and smugglers. Jimmy's youthful bravado and courage plunge him deep into the maw of chaos and death.