12 years before the events in Theft of Swords, Royce Melborn (an ex-assassin) and Hadrian Blackwater (previously a mercenary) wanted nothing to do with each other. But fate stepped in and put their feet on the same path birth Riyria (it's elvish for two), and they discovered that the best friendships are those forged in blood.
When Gabriel Winter's daughter mysteriously disappears and is presumed dead, the wealthy whiskey baron seeks revenge. Having lived in Colnora during the infamous Year of Fear, he hires the one man he knows can deliver a bloody retribution - the notorious Duster. But finding out what happened won't be easy in the crowded narrow streets of Rochelle, where more than one ancient legend lurks.