Lacking magical talent but desperate to prove his worth as a mage before his sixteenth birthday, Kellen hones his other skills--guile and trickery--and allies with an Argosi wanderer who encourages Kellen to pursue a different path.
Forced to live as an outlaw, sixteen-year-old Kellen is travelling with a gambler and a squirrel cat when he encounters a young woman whose secrets entangle them in a conspiracy of blackmail, magic, and murder.
"Kellen's life as an outlaw spellsliger is about to get a lot worse. In Gitabria, a miraculous discovery draws spies from all over the continent willing to kill to get their hands on it. Swept up in the race for power, Kellen is forced to join the pursuit. But the invention holds a dark secret--one that could spark a war."--
A failed mage learns that just because he's not the chosen one it doesn't mean he can't be a hero in the fourth book of an exciting adventure fantasy series from Sebastien de Castell. For Kellen, the only way to survive is to hide. His curse is growing stronger, bringing dark and violent visions, and the bounty hunters dogging his heels get closer every day. Desperate, he searches for a mysterious order of monks rumored to have a cure. But salvation...