Adventurer Ethan Gage travels through the darkest and most
superstitious realms of eighteenth century Europe, to the castles
and caves of Bohemia to rescue his family and uncover a mysterious
medieval device rumored to foretell the future. Having
quick-wittedly survived the battle of Trafalgar, Ethan is rushing
to rescue "Egyptian priestess" Astiza and son Harry from
imprisonment by a ruthless mystic who seeks revenge for
disfigurement, and an evil dwarf alchemist who experiments with the
occult on Prague's Golden Lane. Using death as his ruse, and a pair
of unlikely allies-a Jewish Napoleonic soldier and his sutler
father-Ethan must decipher clues from Durendal, the sword of
Roland. Astiza uses her own research to concoct an explosive escape
and find a lost tomb, their tormentors in relentless pursuit.
William Dietrich skillfully weaves intrigue and magic, romance and
danger in a historical thriller that sprints from the fury of
Napoleonic war to the mystic puzzles of Central Europe.