The Art of Deception
by Stephanie Burgis
Niko Hrabanic was once a famous swordsman. But after a scandal-laden departure from his last job at a royal court, he's now hiding out in a rural inn...until a summons from the mysterious and dangerous White Library shakes up his life all over again. His landlady, it turns out, has secrets of her own - magical secrets. Now it's time for them both to learn the art of deception. A 12,400-word story.