WINNER OF THE 2018 DARRELL AWARD FOR BEST FANTASY NOVELLA!
Nameless death haunts the foggy seaport of Custacrak, a dark presence lusting for blood.
In the hinterlands, the king’s wicked brother has been slain by two wandering mercenaries. Dark rumors whispered in darker taverns speak of these men having stolen the fabled Star of Nhoje, the possession of which has led every previous owner to a horrible death. Yet the diamond’s breathtaking beauty fills the hearts of all who see it with a lust to own it, regardless of cost.
When Alden and Dexter arrive in Custacrak, they’re pursued by every Nhojen who can lift a sword or string a bow. Escape is only possible on a ship, but they can trust no one. Like all others who wind up in the decadent seaport, they take refuge in the one place where safety is guaranteed to all who can afford it… the tavern called the Quay.
With ogres for bouncers and powerful glyphs laid on its ancient walls, The Quay promises to protect you against any and all dangers for as long as your gold holds out. But the pair learns, to their dismay, that even the mighty ogres cannot stand against an ancient power bent on revenge.
Length: 19,000 words, 65 pages