Brooke Shaffer

Author, Ski Patroller, and Pasta-Eater Extraordinaire


Civil war looms in the Wheel, hanging over the heads of the voters as everyone wonders whether the Time industry is heading toward another Dispersal. With rumors of a False Zero Hour taking center stage ahead of the elections, everyone is on high alert.

Few understand this better than Tommen as he prepares to go before the Hands for his Apprentice review, knowing that Rifun may be all that stands between him and the vengeful Grandfathers.

Even Walter is under heavy scrutiny from all sides as both Time-side and Earth-side justice try to prove some sort of collaboration. As he struggles to recover from the Borelian poison, threats are made, and a very personal Voting Day hit list promises to make the elections a very bloody affair. Walter knows he will need his wits and strength about him to survive and fend off further attacks, but not all attacks are external, and past demons come roaring back to life.

Everyone is a target and no one is safe as Rifun and Cassius prepare to make their move in what could be the most brilliant yet deadliest political heist in living memory for the Time industry.

FAQ (Contains Spoilers)

Q: Who came up with the Apprentice review?  It's horrible!
A: Someone, somewhere, sometime, with a love for torture porn.

Q: Will we ever hear more about Walter's history?
A: There is certainly that distinct possibility.  And clearly you did not read all the way to the end.

Q: Ellis Island didn't open until 1892.  How could Walter have gone through there?  When did he come to America?
A: Read this.

Q: When did Rifun have time to learn Welsh and Irish?
A: Being laid up with a busted hand leaves a lot of time for other pursuits.  And Banding works wonders.

Q: Is Rifun's hand now healed?  It's only been a couple weeks.  Where has he been hiding?
A: Banding works wonders, though he did have to do it carefully.  As for where he was hiding, he has friends who would give him refuge for a time.  Otherwise it would be pretty difficult to launch a military coup with only a few people.



To get you in the mood for reading, here is a selection of music just for this book.

  1. Artificial Light - Demon Hunter
  2. One Thousand Apologies - Demon Hunter
  3. Easier to Run - Linkin Park
  4. Bully - Shinedown
  5. Pressure the Hinges - Haste the Day
  6. I Will Welcome the Reaping - Oh, Sleeper
  7. Elemental Wrath - Becoming the Archetype
  8. So Cold - Breaking Benjamin
Obligatory legalese: This is for fun only, and it doesn't mean that these artists promote or endorse this book, or are even aware of its existence.

Safebooks Ratings

Language: 7/10

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Violence: 6/10

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Sexual References: 1/10

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