Nathaniel Moore is a myth. He’s a witch too powerful to exist and too clever to be caught. He’s kept himself young for two hundred and fifty years with life-stealing dark magic and left a long trail of bodies in his wake, but no matter how many Chasers the Magistrate sent after him, not one of them was the challenge he wanted.
Elton Willis, a model Chaser for the Magistrate, expected the ultimate villain when he cracked the cold case and tracked Moore to a cheap apartment in Yuma. What he got was an infuriatingly carefree man who smokes like a chimney, laughs at puns, and treats his young apprentice like a daughter. It’s an uncomfortable discovery for someone determined to bring the man to the Magistrate’s gallows.
Further complicating the issue, Elton has accidentally let loose one of Nathan’s old enemies–a lich with a vengeful attitude and a thirst for human souls. Now the Chaser is forced to choose between taking Nathan in, which would leave the murderous monster to roam free, or teaming up with the object of his obsession to take the lich down.
The obvious answer, of course, is also the option that’s the biggest pain in Elton’s ass.
Elton should have known to expect a game. Tasked with putting a stop to Nathan’s latest killing spree and kept on a tight leash by his new partner, Elton is on a fresh hunt for his overly-enthusiastic nemesis.
The city of Toronto is Nathan’s playground, and every breadcrumb he leaves is as frustrating as the last, but Elton has no choice but to follow the dangerous witch’s trail—as well as keeping an eye on Cora, his cheerful stowaway and the closest thing he has to an informant. He can’t—or won’t—admit that he loves the hunt just as much as Nathan does.
His partner is inflexible, Cora is uncontrollable, and the Magistrate binding him is corrupt and self-interested. None of it matters. Elton’s target is finally in sight, always just beyond his fingertips.
But when Nathan’s game leads Elton to the doorstep of an old friend, he’s forced to face the ghosts of a past he thought he’d left behind. Trapped between a Magistrate that expects him to toe the line and a smirking witch pulling him astray, Elton will have to choose what it means to truly do the right thing.
Cora knew what she was getting into. Running from the Magistrate, breaking and entering, cheating their way into free stays at glamorous hotels–it’s all in a day’s work when you’re traveling with Nathan. Her skills are growing along with her confidence, and she’s eager to do her part to help the people kept under the Magistrate’s thumb.
What she didn’t–couldn’t–account for was Nikita Korshunov. The young Chaser is vicious, ruthless, and unrestrained by the usual laws of the Magistrate. He wants Nathan and Elton captured or dead, and he isn’t concerned with collateral damage.
With Korshunov on their heels, the group must try to seek out and save the couples hiding from the Magistrate and hunt down the men and women who think their money and connections can keep them from justice.
The Magistrate can only push so far before Nathan decides to push back. With the interception of an ominously-titled Order of Repression that threatens every witch in North America, Nathan, Elton, and Cora must decide how dedicated they are to this fight.
And when it turns out that murdering a member of the Magistrate Council won’t actually help this problem, they may have to reevaluate their strategy.
Using Thomas’s ancestral home in Salem, Massachusetts as a base, the group has the opportunity to do real good—or at least, their best version of it. With Nathan and Elton on the hunt under the guidance of a new ally and Korshunov still hot on their trail, Cora stays behind in Massachusetts to help Thomas relocate the refugees and families fleeing the Magistrate’s justice. Thomas is aloof, to say the least, but Cora is determined to be useful and to pierce the shell of the man who has given up so much in the name of helping others.
There, in a hidden cellar of a decrepit colonial house, they may find the solution they need—if they are willing to pay the price.