The first book in the Tales of the Undying Empire series. In the city of Ythis, everything comes with a hidden price. For Borolt Zale, the price of continuing his war against the Church of Iathephos was to give himself over to the service of another, possibly greater, evil - the sorcerer Veylar Dust. A great beast inhabits the Bay of Ythis, demanding blood sacrifice from ships entering the harbor, while Borolt works to uncover the truth behind the creature. But a sudden, violent death in the Tower of Dust triggers a new problem that may signal the beginning of the end for the city of Ythis. Surrounded by powerful forces of darkness, Borolt Zale must solve the puzzle of a demon's broken binding while escaping the Church's mad plots to bring the sorcerers of Ythis, and the enemies of Veylar Dust who rival even his dark power.