They sentenced his brother…

…but the boy never touched that panther.

In a city ruled by the sword and spear, Javad’s dreams of freedom in the eastern sands are fading. His brother is condemned and would be lucky to hang. But slaves are never lucky, and someone worse than a regent or king has been wronged.

Darius, the Slayer is coming.

Even the gods flee.

All Javad has to face him are his lock picks, his hope in justice, and the heart of a warrior.