By Peter V Brett
Humanity has slightly survived a demonic onslaught through the use of magical wards that defend their towns and houses. just a handful of mercenaries and explorers chance touring after the solar units. Arlen, looking experience and fortune, is simply secure by way of the warded armor upon which he has inscribed elaborate protecting runes. From a trip ferrying a wagonload of dynamite to a mountain stronghold, to a deadly challenge to recuperate wilderness treasures, Arlen faces associates and enemies with a robust arm and a crafty wit.