In the city of Hell’s Crown, legendary Demon Hunter Cain Stoddard was infected by an ancient evil. Stumbling from the city, he fled north, seeking the desolation of the Old Kingdoms. There, he hoped to find the means to expel the wickedness roosting just beneath his skin.
But this is not Cain Stoddard’s story. This is the story of the apprentice he left behind. A first- rate scoundrel, a second-class cheat, a third-rate braggart, and a fourth-rate drunk, Liam Gulban has been called many things, but no one has ever called him a hero. Now, Cain Stoddard’s young student must put aside his foolish pastimes to rescue his oldest friend.
On the way, he will encounter savage monsters, lusty refugees, undead musicians, smelly druids, and at least one certifiably insane god. His closest allies will betray him, a goddess will choose him as her champion, and all the while he’ll be fighting against his most tenacious enemy—himself.