Lady Alisson Heartstone has dedicated her life to furthuring her mastery of the arcane arts, with little time for family or romance. As court wizard to Lord Protector Aldmere, she enjoys status and power, but little in the way of true happiness. When an invading army pushes Aldmere’s forces to the breaking point, they are offered an out, a gamble of the entire war on the outcome of a wizard’s duel. But when a face from her past resurfaces in the form of the roguish wizard Therias Prenthal, can she follow through with her duty in the face of her regrets? Or will the bold Magus Prenthal conquer her without a single spell?
Every age has those it calls heroes, whether they be deserving of the title or not. Master thief Alan Tinsley was one such hero, forged by happenstance as much as skill. Years ago, his band of adventurers were the saviors of the kingdom, but now he is content to try to enjoy his retirement with his lovely wife. That peaceful plan is shattered when she is snatched away, presumably by someone from his troublemaking past.
Alan gathers old friends and new to recover the woman he loves, then sets forth on what might be his final quest. Can he resist falling back into old habits? Will he emerge from this new challenge unscathed, or simply descend back into a lifestyle of wandering hands and eyes?
Scoundrel’s Answer is a classic sword and sorcery tale of adventure, romance, and betrayal, interspersed with plenty of action and naughty diversions.