Published: January 2014
Two men, a Death Speaker priest and a sullen deserter of a defeated army, search for a missing boy gifted with foresight – a boy who knows when the last day will come. But Finch Crushluck is no Death Speaker. He's a street con and beggar, posing as a dark priest to sell lies to fools desperate to learn their fate in the coming apocalypse. To pull off his greatest scam and save his neck from his mad companion's blade, he needs to make the dead talk and the boy reveal his secret. If he can do this and survive the pursuit of vengeful barbarians and the specters of mist dwarves, he just might live long enough to see the end of the world.
We start off with a priest of Helden (the god of Death), who believes he's being escorted out of prison to face his own demise. What happens instead is a bargain. The Hand of God, Philip IX, has decided to spare Finch but in return he, and a man named Garnet (a deserter), are to bring back a special little boy.
Finch, is a bit of a cheeky fellow and Garnett and rather serious warrior. Together they don't bond much, but are out to find a child who can speak prophetic truths, or so it may seem. The situations are both awkward and interesting.
I liked the religion aspect of the author's world building. It was subtle and didn't feel foreign. One of my favorite lines was in the beginning of the novella: "no one looks down from a noose to correct a lie." Don't know exactly why, but I love it.