Raemon is a Repentor and he is dying. Each month, the Brotherhood of the Gate, cuts the demon mark from his back to keep the demon contained, and each month it grows back. Raemon must find a way to keep the demon inside him from escaping, or else die, either from the Brotherhood or the demon itself.
He's heard the story of a distant land, far to the north, where a goddess resides in a scared cave. Perhaps there, he can be healed. He has to find away to escape the Heartstone, a temple fortress, in the middle of the Diamondsands Desert.
Excerpt: At first, Prince Erland assumed that the assassins were simply very bad at their jobs. They couldn't seem to find him, despite the fact that there were very few places he could hide in the small room. He later realized that it was not that they were stupid, but that he could turn himself invisible, confusing them and keeping himself alive. He'd learned this skill in a faraway place, as he recalled, or perhaps he had only dreamed it. He really wasn't sure anymore.
Aside from the assassins, life , locked in the tower wasn't too bad. Meals were brought to him, he had a spectacular view of Zyana, and he was always learning new things. Things like how there were four thousand, five hundred and twenty two blocks of stone, used in the construction of his room, or how he could juggle up to five books, seven if he tied strings around them to keep them closed. Having enjoyed a breakfast of porridge which tasted delightfully bland, and apple juice which was poisoned, most likely tampered with by the assassins, he was now patiently awaiting his next visitor. There was always someone coming to see him, and why not? He was the prince.
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