// SET AFTER BOOK ONE - SEVERAL MONTHS BEFORE THE EVENTS OF PLAYING WITH FIRE // For all extents and purposes, Cassiopeia Meadows was a dead woman walking. Her study into the most powerful necromancy power object of our time was always a risky one. With her fellow Dead Men to back her up, she'd be fine, but alone she was weaker and she knew it. One of Mevolent's worst soldiers and a devoted worshiper of the Faceless Ones, wants her blood, and will stop at nothing to get it. Skulduggery made a promise to protect her from him. But with Valkyrie now involved, and the new Grand Mage's lack of trust in his judgement, that may prove harder then it at first seems. And when the end of the world is nigh once again, promises may have to be broken to his favourite dead woman to keep everything else intact.