Commander Johan Else and his Outrider unit are hot on the trail of one of the most notorious criminals in the world; the Underking. Heedless of the dangers, the Outriders hurl themselves after their quarry, determined to bring him in at all costs. Loyalties are tested among the Outriders, however, as secrets from their pasts haunt them, and make them question each other’s motives. The Outriders soon realize also that their pursuit of the Underking is in fact a race. An old enemy, gathering a team of his own, is also seeking the Underking for his own purposes. Their paths will inevitably cross, and when they do, the results will be explosive.
Meanwhile, just over the horizon of this grand chase, lies the city of Bellkeep, roiling from within. Political machinations and dark magics have the city rotting from within. Dominion spies Nerthus and Edda, in Bellkeep as they search for missing comrades, soon find themselves caught in the city when it does finally erupt. And to make matters worse, they know that the darkness within Bellkeep can very easily seep into the Dominion.
In the end, the secrets that they keep from each other may damn them. Or they just might save them all.
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Christopher Pepper is an avid reader of books, watcher of movies, and teller of stories (most of them still in his head). The works of J.R.R. Tolkein and Piers Anthony, as well as countless failed Dungeons and Dragons adventures, were his gateway into the realm of Fantasy literature, inspiring him to create his own worlds. He’s a fan of the New York Jets (which explains his sunny disposition), any and all RPG’s, and has been a lifelong adherent to Mystery Science Theater 3000. Christopher also holds a B.A. in English Literature and an M.A. in English Education.
He currently lives in Upstate New York with his wife Mckenzie and his son Sebastian.