For blood shed long ago . . .
Revenge, music and the ghosts of a civil war - the children of a lost cause bring their vengeance home to the maritime city-state of Vespera.
On the storm-wracked ocean world of Aquasilva, the priesthood of the Fire-God Ranthas holds supreme religious power - but can that last for ever?
They are the guardians of the Faith, the Hounds of Ranthas.
They are above the law.
They are the Inquisition.
Determined to purge the Archipelago of heresy once and for all, the Domain has unleashed the Inquisition. They have a mandate from the Prime himself to hunt down heretics, apostates and unbelievers. To stand against them is to be branded a heretic. And as they sweep across the islands, the burnings begin.
With the placement of Cathan's fanatical and martial uncle Aetius VI on the Imperial throne, the Domain has finally achieved the control it has dreamed of for so long. Across Thetia and the Archipelago, Sarhaddon’s sinister Venatic monks now wield power through a compliant Imperial Navy and their mastery of the crowds. Those they consider enemies become penitents – people without rights or future, expendable labour for new Domain projects.