The British Isles, the 16th century.
Decades ago, the fae returned to the mortal world. Released by a coven of magicians after centuries of imprisonment, they swept across the British Isles, covering the land with a tangled forest of enchanted trees. Cities fell. Thousands died. Only a handful of cities were saved.
Years later, the people of the Isles have grown used to this new way of life. Many have been Touched by the magic, transformed into creatures half-mortal, half-fae.
Daniel Therwood is one of those. Cursed with the hands of a reaper, he gained the ability to steal the souls of anyone he touched. After years working as an assassin, he now works as a thieftaker, tracking murderers through the Seven Cities that survived. He is convinced that his old life is behind him.
Until one night he wakes up to find a body in his bed…
Going from the shifting decks of the Dregs to the heights of the royal court, Daniel finds himself caught up in an ever more complicated web of deceit, treachery and death.
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