In the kingdom of Collum, Willet Dura makes his meager living investigating crimes. Ever since a terrible battle, he's had a link to the dead--an uncanny ability to solve their crimes and sense foul play. When several of the gifted are found dead in close succession, Willet suspects a deeper threat and ends up chasing a mystery that will shake his world.
Willet Dura ekes out a living as an assistant reeve in the city
of Bunard, the royal city, investigating minor and not-so-minor
crimes in the poor quarter. Ever since a terrible battle, Willet's
been drawn to the dead, and has an uncanny ability not only to
solve their crimes, but even to know when one has been
When a gifted musician is found dead in the merchants' quarter of the city, everyone assumes by the signs that the old man simply died of a stroke, but Willet's intuition tells him better. When he learns that this is the second death within the last month of one of the gifted, those with a rare inherited ability, he begins to suspect that something more is afoot, and he soon finds himself chasing a mystery that could bring down the very kingdom of Collum.
Patrick W. Carr is the author of the acclaimed fantasy series The Staff and the Sword. A Cast of Stones won the 2014 Carol Award for Speculative Fiction and the 2014 Clive Staples Award. A Cast of Stones and The Hero's Lot were both finalists for 2014 Christy Awards. He teaches high school math and makes his home in Nashville, Tennessee, with his incredible wife, Mary, and their four sons. Learn more at www.patrickwcarr.com.