A thief, a wayward detective, and an automaton with a soul. What could possibly go wrong?
Arhyen is the self-declared finest thief in London. The mission was simple. Steal a journal from Fairfax Breckinridge, one of the greatest alchemists of the time. Arhyen hadn’t expected to find Fairfax himself, with a dagger in his back. Nor had he expected his automaton daughter, Liliana. Suddenly entrenched in a mystery too great for him to fully comprehend, he must rely on the help of a wayward detective, and an automaton who claims she has a soul, to piece together the clues laid before them. Will Arhyen uncover the true source of Liliana’s soul in time, or will London plunge into a dark age of nefarious technology, where only the scientific will survive?
Weeks have passed since Liliana and Arhyen first met. The formulae that gave Liliana her emotions are still in the hands of the LN, and the threat is ever looming as to how they might be used. Yet the pair of thieves has bigger fish to fry. Bodies are turning up all over the city, victims of surgical experimentation by an unknown assailant. Everything is connected, and Arhyen will have to unravel the mystery of the serial surgeon...before he ends up on the operating table himself.
In this third installment of the Thief’s Apprentice Series, Arhyen finally finds the information he’s been searching for. Unfortunately, he has no one to tell it to. He has no idea what’s become of Liliana, or even if she still lives. If she has met her untimely end, or worse, if she’s been taken prisoner by those who’ve entrapped him, there’s no one left to ride to the rescue. As the reaper’s scythe looms near, Arhyen must find a way out. If not for himself, then for London, and the thousands of victims soon to come.