He lurks beside the forest road, a charming, well-armed young murderer, not altogether human. She draws near, a contrary shepherdess fleeing an unwanted marriage. When he overhears her prayer for help, whispered to the Dread Hammer, he decides to grant it—and love takes him by surprise. But love proves a greater challenge than murder.
An enthralling, dark tale of love, war, murder, marriage, and fate.