A Thief in the Night (Ancient Blades Trilogy, Book 2) by David Chandler

By David Chandler

Condition made him a criminal.Destiny could make him a hero.

As a thief, Malden is extraordinary within the loose urban of Ness,and satisfied there. yet via saving the lifetime of theknight Croy, Malden has certain himself to an ancient,noble brotherhood . . . and he now possesses one ofonly seven old Blades able to destroying demons.

Malden fears accompanying Croy and the barbarian MÖrgeton their quest to dispatch a bad creature of nightmare . . .nor does he are looking to disturb the vengeful lifeless. yet with anassassin on his heels, the younger cutpurse is left without choice.And there's the comely sorceress, Cythera, to consider--promised to Croy yet in love with Malden--not to mentionthe magnificent treasure rumored to be hidden in thedepths of the demon's lair . . .

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