This is the first in a series of three books relating the story of Melik the Nightcat.
As the legendary agent of the Empress, he has uncovered the closest held secrets, stopped or started wars, freed impossibly guarded prisoners, and even stolen the most treasured object of the fairie.
In reality, he is Melik, a willful, unpredictable thief-mage trying to take an unauthorized vacation. Along with his black cat familiar, Midnight, he is recruited to join a quest headed by an Elven Prince to recover an ancient relic with the power to control dragons.
An artifact desired by both the Empress and her enemy, the Elven Queen. The first step is to persuade the dwarves to recreate a magical key to an ancient portal.