A young rogue named Hemlock fights crime in her rundown neighborhood, which lies at the fringe of a magical city. Her sister relies on magical healing, and the spells are failing. When Hemlock confronts the wizards by breaking into their tower, events are set into motion that determine the destiny of the entire realm. Her adventure features brutal combat, cunning politics and tragic romance.How is power gained, retained and exercised; and what happens to a power structure when a young girl with magical abilities hacks and slashes her way into the very core of its apparatus?In a magical city that travels through multiple dimensions, a young girl named Hemlock has risen from being a lowly cutpurse to discovering that she is a powerful fighter. Under the guidance of an aging freedom fighter named Safreon, Hemlock battles to keep the peace in her run-down district, while across the City the upper class Elites enjoy peace, prosperity and freedom.The Wizard Tower looms in the center of the City, casting a long shadow over its affairs. The Wizards rule behind the scenes, dictating and controlling the use of magic. Hemlock instinctively feels that the Wizards are her enemies, but Safreon will not discuss openly opposing them, as he seeks to methodically mentor Hemlock, and advance his own cryptic plans for the City.Hemlock makes a decision to make a bold attack on the Wizard Tower alone, convinced that she can destroy or undo whatever method the Wizards are using to control and ration magic. As the novel opens, we join Hemlock just after she has infiltrated the Wizard Tower, learning what happens through a narrative interspersed with flashbacks to events leading up to the attack.This is a complete, standalone story; but interested readers can continue to follow Hemlock's adventures in The Maker's Fire series. Hemlock and the Dead God's Legacy (Book II) and Hemlock and the Dread Sorceress (Book III) are both available now!
Hemlock has retreated back into the shadows of the Warrens, content, for a time, to gather her strength. But she knows a new enemy is returning to the City: a titan of the past with an ambition to rule with an iron hand. When rogue wizards move against the eastern mountains, it becomes clear that DuLoc's campaign has begun--even if the man himself has not yet arrived.Hemlock has retreated back into the shadows of the Warrens, content, for a time, to gather her strength. But she knows a new enemy is returning to the City: a titan of the past with an ambition to rule with an iron hand. When rogue wizards move against the eastern mountains, it becomes clear that DuLoc's campaign has begun--even if the man himself has not yet arrived. Gwineval marshals the forces of the City to resist DuLoc's plans, but Hemlock feels she must take a different path. She makes a decision to forgo the initial campaign to pursue what she hopes will be a greater boon. But she doesn't anticipate another dark presence standing between her and her goals. She must face this unanticipated foe in order to advance her plans to save the City.