The Cardinal owns the City and Al is one of his guards. When assigned to investigate the murder of a young woman, Al finds it is his girlfriend Nic. Determined to get the truth, Al finds that some people and things are not what they appear to be. Will this hinder his investigation or make him more determined to find the real answers behind this conspiracy? In this fantasy novel, there were things that threw me off for a moment and afterwards I found this to be the second novel in a series, but it was still a captivating story to read during a cold wintery weekend.