Jacob, a tinker’s apprentice and sometime thief, has lived his entire life in the mountain city of Ancora, protected by the city walls. These towering barriers keep the Deadlands creatures at bay, but the monsters move higher into the peaks every year. More and more, they breach the defenses of the Lowlands while the Highlands rest easy.
A swarm overruns the walls and wreaks utter devastation on the Lowlands. Charles, the old tinker, suspects the attack may not be natural. With help from Jacob’s closest friend, Alice, and Samuel, one of the city’s elite spider knights, Jacob and Charles will uncover a terrible darkness at the heart of their city.
“Eric Asher’s imagination spins dystopian world building in an entirely new direction.” – Dianna Love, New York Times Bestseller
“A steampunk Starship Troopers! Filled with action, adventure and intrigue. A captivating story for readers both young and old.” – Mari Mancusi, award-winning author of the Scorched trilogy