Richard Dalglish is the author of two previous novels, “Day of the Fastle,” a fantasy-adventure, and “The Grenling Abduction,” a fantasy mystery. His science fiction romance parody “Love’s Galactic Passion” appeared in the inaugural issue of Sci-Fi Lampoon Magazine. Dalglish is the former managing editor of Jewelers’ Circular Keystone (JCK), a business magazine covering the fine-jewelry industry. He now does freelance editing when he isn’t writing his own fiction. He has a degree in English from Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, Pa., and lives in Yardley, Pa., with his wife and cat.
Someone murdered Ulder Talpior.
A year after the Voths conquered the Acrinite Realm and took over constabulary duties in the city of Skunnik, the slaying of a religious leader has heightened tensions nearly to the breaking point. As rebels plot to take advantage of the coming chaos, and a dangerous agent of the exiled Acrinite leader arrives for unknown reasons, investigator Jarn Theffig turns to an unlikely ally—the sorceress Astil, the most dangerous woman in the known world.
A young man is dead, and the look of terror etched on his face is the stuff of nightmares. A thirteen-year-old boy stands accused, but is he a dark sorcerer or an innocent whose unusual gift is being exploited by another? Defense advocate Killandrio Bludd thinks he knows the answer, but as the trial nears its shocking conclusion, he’s in a race against time to find the only witness who knows the full truth and can tell the whole story—the last witness.
Gwyneira Waldir, a healer accused of murdering her husband with poison, is unlike any client Killandrio Bludd has ever represented. Beautiful and fascinating, she also has a dark secret that will shock the known world—including the advocate pledged to defend her.
When a humble baker is accused of stealing a valuable pearl, Killandrio Bludd agrees to defend him in court. But Killy’s client has more to fear than a date with a jury—the missing gem just might be the legendary Wandreme Pearl, a magical object that some would do anything to possess.