The Death of the Necromancer (Ile-Rien, Book 2)
Nicholas Valiarde is a passionate, embittered nobleman with anenigmatic past. Consumed by thoughts of vengeance, he is consoledonly by thoughts of the beautiful, dangerous Madeline. He is alsothe greatest thief in all of Ile-Rien... On the gas light streetsof the city, he assumes the guise of a master criminal, stealingjewels from wealthy nobles to finance his quest for vengeance themurder of Count Montesq. Montesq orchestrated the wrongfulexecution of Nicholas's beloved godfather on false charges ofnecromancy--the art of divination through communion with spirits ofthe dead--a practice long outlawed in the kingdom of Ile-Rein.But now Nicholas's murderous mission is being interrupted by aseries of eerie, unexplainable, even fatal events. Someone withtremendous magical powers is opposing him. Children vanish, corpsesassume the visage of real people, mortal spells are cast, andtraces of necromantic power that hasn't been used for centuries arefound. And when a spiritualist unwittingly leads Nicholas to adecrepit mansion, the monstrous nature of his peril finally emergesin harrowing detail. Nicholas and his compatriots must destroy anancient and awesome evil. Even the help of Ile-Rien's greatestsorcerer may not be enough, for Nicholas faces a woefullymismatched battle--and unthinkable horrors await the loser.