291548First in the Erevis Cale trilogy, I actually got this mixed up with another infamous character, an elf named Elaith Craulnoble.  But despite that it was a good beginning.

Erevis Cale featured prominently in the Sembia series as he served as butler to the Uskevran family.  A former theif an assassin, in love with the daughter of the house, friends with the lord of the manor, he takes his leave of the family when the lord dies.  Now Cale intended to go quietly into that good night, but after a group of magic wielding otherworldly shape shifters break into the manor in an attempt to steal an artifact and killing several guards in the process, Cale must dust off his assassin repertoire to foil their plot and avenge the guardsmen murdered that night.

A priest of Mask, Cale teams up with another assassin and disciple of Mask Riven, and best friend Jak to uncover the resting place of the fabled Fane of Shadows, a temple dedicated to all the gods of night across the multiverses and try to stop the boss wizards from turning himself into a shade.

That plan gets foiled through no fault Cale’s, and instead Cale is the one that goes through the change in order to save the life of his friend.

Such a cliffhanger though!  A daring escape from the Fane (which happened to be under water) and their protective bubble give out and lets untold gallons of water in to submerge our heroes.  I assume some of them live as there are two more books in this series, but only time will tell who.

Some bad guys live and get away with an artifact no one knows much about yet, so I assume come book two, Dawn of Night, the game will be afoot.

But until then we’ll inch closer to the end of the Mercy Thompson series with River Marked next.

8087906Mercy Thompson is a shapeshifter, a talent she inherited from her long-gone father. And she’s never known any others of her kind. Until now. As Mercy comes to terms with this new information, an evil is stirring in the depths of the Columbia River. Something deadly is coming, facts are thin on the ground and Mercy feels ill at ease.