Scrappy but small, Kirrin gets beat up. A lot. When he hides from the local gang in a powerful man’s carriage, he’s transported to a vast rural estate. Far from home and hungry, Kirrin is caught stealing from the kitchen and fears the worst.
But the So’har Hak’kar is impressed with Kirrin’s tenacity and cleverness. Under the corrupt lord’s guidance, he learns fighting and stealth, politics and history. He trains with one of the mythical shadow dancers and chases down pieces of a long-forgotten prophecy. Old gods and a lost paradise! He finally has the life of adventure and excitement he imagined for himself.
Unfortunately, he doesn’t realize what he is being groomed for as Hak’kar’s obsession grows. He finds himself crossing the line between adventure and danger. Forced into crimes far worse than stealing bread, Kirrin struggles with who he is becoming, and where it might lead. He knows his life is on the line. How long can he live on borrowed luck?