Protection by the Rōshun does not come cheap, but it does guarantee that if someone murders you the Rōshun will not stop until the murderer is killed. Ash, a Rōshun, has grown older and it is clear that following the trail of a killer and dispatching him has grown more difficult. It is time to take an apprentice but these are very difficult times.
Nations have been falling to The Holy Empire of Mann for years and the empire seems unstoppable until they attacked the city of Bar-Khos with its six bands of walls. Now, ten years later, the city has only four walls, and the people try to live normal lives while they are under siege. Ash has come to Bar-Khos and here he finds Nico, a starving young man who has little choice but to follow the assassin.
The empire is known for its ruthlessness, and it comes as no surprise that a young woman is murdered by no less than the son of the Holy Matriarch, except the woman was under the protection of the Rōshun. Now Ash and Nico must travel and fulfill the Rōshun’s promise in Farlander by Col Buchanan. This non-sentimental and sometimes violent fantasy is the first book in new series called Heart of the World. This promises to be a complex series as wars are fought and vengeance is sought.