A plague has ravaged the population of gold dwarves of the Great Rift. It starts slowly, but the progression is devastating. One dwarf has eyes that have become hard and glassy like marbles; a second dwarf has skin that flakes off in sharp, hardened scales; the skeleton of a third is petrified and fused in place; a fourth wastes away with blood that has turned dark and muddy.
Clerical magic doesn’t help. Neither do herbal remedies, nor spells meant to break curses. And in all cases, death is always the same–the heart blackens, hardens, and eventually stops beating, killing each victim with a heart attack and turning the bodies to stone.
It’s called the Stoneplague. It’s terrifying. And it’s spreading.
Lisa Smedman is the author of the New York Times bestselling fourth novel in the War of the Spider Queen series, entitled Extinction, as well as a novel in the Lady Penitent series and five Shadowrun novels. She was one… More about Lisa Smedman