Shadowcast (Ascendant #2)

Christian Richardson was an orphan by circumstance and a mercenary by choice. After a thief steals his heart, he should have been content – the risks of being caught with Paolo were all worth it. But Christian needs to know why his father was killed by a man in a red cloak decorated by a symbol of fire, even if the search might take him somewhere his thief cannot follow.

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No one who knew him would accuse Christian Richardson of being the sort of person who took the easy road.

Stranded in the Moorlands in fifteenth-century England, Christian must come to terms with the aftermath of his quest for vengeance. Embracing the gifts passed on by his father has put everyone he cares for in danger, and any hesitation to face the road before him could cost someone he loves their life. In no position to be choosy, he finds himself working with a secretive new ally who is more than what they seem. First, they must locate Christian’s brother, Jeffrey, and from there everyone’s safety will depend on getting the scroll his father had left them as far away as possible.

Between them and their goal is a sect of magicians with a vast network of spies bent on claiming ownership of the scroll. Some are vicious creatures that make even Christian’s assassin blood run cold, and leave him with no doubt that the Luminaries are both patient and deadly when it comes to dealing with their enemies.

Learning the reality of his father’s past shatters the idolized memories Christian kept tucked in his heart, and forces him to contemplate a soul-deep sense of betrayal. His desire for vengeance is replaced with an urgent need to protect the things that had mattered to him, even if that means confronting the shattered remnants of the life he left behind. Feeling as though there is always some secret waiting around the corner, he struggles to offer words of comfort while wishing he could receive some of his own. In the wake of such life-changing revelations, only two things ring true.

He loves Paolo with everything his has.

Life would never be the same.

Shadowcast was previously published under the author name Peter Dawes


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During the Wars of the Roses, noble families with ties to the throne were eager to redefine the line of succession to suit their own ambitions. Mercenaries were commonly hired when armies were needed elsewhere.


What if magic has always been part of the world? Some might take power through strategic marriages. Others could establish influence by assisting those who ruled. But a few seek a different kind of power, one that could do far more than sit them on a throne.


When a thief steals your heart, it might take a while to notice.