**First book in the brand new Stormtalons setting!** Tanthalas is a crowded, stinking, dangerous place, but to Dustra, it's home. And all of the world she's ever known. She serves old Launtelle, an old woman who sells secrets for a living. And when you know too much, enemies swarm to you like moths to a flame. One of them is THE Big Foe, watching from afar like a malevolent stormfront: the Heirophar, the mysterious and all-mighty archwizard. Or is he? What does Launtelle know about him that may doom her, and Dustra along with her? And who is the local vagabond everyone calls "Tavern," really? As death closes in to claim more folks than usual, will the secrets whispered by the old witch prove Dustra's salvation . . . or her doom? ABOUT STORMTALONS Stormtalons! The realms you're looking for! From Ed Greenwood, creator of the Forgotten Realms(R), comes his newest fantasy setting, fraught with deadly mists, magic, and adventure! This is the first of 120 planned books, written by more than 50 Creatives from around the world. Don't miss out on this sprawling new world! ABOUT THE AUTHOR Ed Greenwood is an award-winning Canadian writer and game designer. Although most Canadians don't know his name, he has been in the top ten (usually top five) writers of bestselling Canadian fiction writers almost every year of the last two decades. Ed created the Forgotten Realms(R) fantasy world for the Dungeons and Dragons game; it has been featured in board, roleplaying, computer and card games, comic books, and a bestselling novel line that has spanned twenty years and hundreds of titles by more than sixty writers, including R.A. Salvatore's famous Drizzt novels. Ed is currently Canada's only judge for the prestigious World Fantasy Awards, and has published over 170 books that have sold millions of copies worldwide in over a dozen languages.