Aral Kingslayer's past is never more than a shadow's breadth away in this Fallen Blade novel from Kelly McCullough. Once one of the world s greatest assassins, Aral Kingslayer has finally reclaimed his swords and his soul. But the forces that destroyed his patron Namara twelve years ago are still there, waiting... In the days before the fall of his goddess, only one other rivaled Aral s skills, Siri the Mythkiller a woman who ruthlessly earned the title First Blade. As a friend, Aral owes her his loyalty. As a former lover, he owes her part of his heart. As a Blade, he owes her anything she asks, including his life. When Siri seeks Aral s aid, he knows he must go. But as they journey towards the ancient Sylvani Empire, only time will reveal whether Aral can save the former First Blade, or if he will simply fall with her "