By Jesse Bullington
Because the witch-pyres of the Spanish Inquisition blanket Renaissance Europe in an ethical haze, a tender African slave unearths herself the unwilling apprentice of an old necromancer. regrettably, quitting his corporation proves much more dangerous than closing his scholar whilst she is stricken with a negative curse. but salvation may well lie in a mysterious tome her instruct has hidden someplace at the war-torn continent.
She units out on a likely most unlikely trip to discover the booklet, by no means suspecting her destiny is tied to 3 strangers: the artist Niklaus Manuel Deutsch, the alchemist Dr. Paracelsus, and a gun-slinging Dutch mercenary. As Manuel paints her macabre tale on canvas, plank, and church wall, the younger apprentice turns into more and more conscious that loss of life should be the least of her issues.
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