Beyond the land of Uton where Ryson Acumen makes his home, the barrier which once surrounded Demonsheol has fallen. Demons can move freely from one realm to another and return to their homeland without consequence. The destruction of the barrier allows one demon taskmaster to make a startling choice which drastically impacts both realms.
Turmoil does not end with the actions of a single beast. In Dark Spruce Forest, a seemingly innocent experiment turns into tragedy. The elf camp is thrown into chaos and the wizard Jure falls into a state of absolute despair. Unable to cope with the calamity, the wizard begins a journey toward self-destruction.
Ryson is forced to act on several fronts. He must find Jure, stabilize the elf camp, and deal with a renegade primeval. When the delver finally faces the demon, he discovers that far more is at stake than any territorial claim. He struggles in a vicious battle only to realize that certain decisions are beyond his influence. In hoping to save the land as well as his own conscience, Ryson discovers the one possible solution is also a chance for redemption.
But, with Amaranthe captured by the nefarious Forge coalition, and Sicarius off to find her, the team is lacking in leaders. Also, Sicarius has made it clear that Maldynado’s life may be forfeit should anything happen to the emperor while he’s gone.
To make matters worse, Forge’s cutthroats are after Sespian, and the young emperor believes Maldynado's loyalties are suspect. As if it’s his fault that his older brother is working with the coalition to usurp the throne. If Maldynado can’t figure out how to earn the emperor’s trust quickly, Sespian will go off to confront their powerful enemies on his own.
Meanwhile, Amaranthe must find a way to escape from the coalition’s newest ally, Master Interrogator Pike, a man who plans to pull all of the secrets from her head, one way or another…
Blood and Betrayal is the fifth book in The Emperor's Edge fantasy series.
Other books in the series:
The Emperor’s Edge, Book 1
Dark Currents, Book 2
Deadly Games, Book 3
Conspiracy, Book 4
Blood and Betrayal, Book 5
Forged in Blood I, Book 6
Forged in Blood II, Final Book
Unfortunately for me, I have little enough of either.
To make matters worse, my baby brother Russell is dying of a rare magical disease, and the only one who can cure him is the cruel Elven archmage Morvilind.
And if that wasn't bad enough, Morvilind demands a steep price for his cures.
Specifically, he wants me to steal treasures for him, and this time he’s sent me to steal a priceless relic from the ambassador of the frost giants.
And the frost giants never forget a grudge…
And Mazael must stop his father's dark plans. No matter what the cost to himself.
LUCAN MANDRAGON wields the relics of a forgotten empire, the runedead his to command. Soon he shall destroy the Demonsouled and free the world of their curse forever.
No matter who he has to kill to do it.
SKALATAN is the strongest of the serpent priests, and soon he will become stronger still. For he shall claim the power of the Demonsouled and become the new god of the serpent people.
And then all men will bow before the serpent god.
THE OLD DEMON is ready at last.
For centuries he has plotted and manipulated kings and lords. Now he shall seize the power of the Demonsouled for himself, and become the new god.
And all the world will be his to torment.