Laughing at our mistakes can lengthen our own life. Laughing at someone else's can shorten it.


One of the fabled Keetoowah who survived the sinking of their island, Ren is a man haunted by a past so brutal that no amount of time will ease his conscience. But the blood on his hands isn’t the only scar from his crimes. He ruined his own brother for all time, and destroyed both their lives.

Now he has a chance to save a world he once tried to destroy, but can he face down his demons one more time? Evil in its purest form once owned him, body and soul. As the gates of the seven worlds open and release their captives into the human world, he must find a strength he’s not sure he has. More than that, he must battle in a fight to the death.

Only he’s not the one who will die if he fails. In the Giudan Xtl, the loser is taken prisoner and the one he loves most is sacrificed to the Pale One to feed his rising. The clock is ticking…

Let the war begin.