Twenty Palaces by Harry Connolly
Series: Twenty Palaces, Book 1.
Approx. 89,110 words.
Published on January 21, 2012.
In this prequel to the Twenty Palaces novels, Ray Lilly encounters magic, otherworldly predators, and the Twenty Palace Society for the first time. Can he protect his oldest friend from the supernatural vigilantes of the society? And is he right to try?