Darkness has come to Avenzyre. A pillaging psychopath is laying waste to everything as far as the eye can see, some of the royals have vanished, and a plague is threatening all of Avenzyre. It seems clearer than ever Prince Zyendel needs to unify his empire. The problem? The princess he desires disappeared and hasn’t been seen in decades. So Zyendel has no choice but to hire a seeker, and goes out to find the only person who might know where she, and his missing father, the emperor, might be. But Zyendel is oblivious of the growing tangled web that will test his sanity.…And never make the mistake of underestimating Cassius.