A strange white cat wandered about the streets of Reme while Captain Tiana Highrider, master of the pirate ship Vixen, held court.
The red-haired beauty was queen of the pirates and had seen many strange things throughout her adventures, but when a harmless blind beggar moves with the certainty of his sighted days, her instincts are prickling.
Suddenly, she and her adopted father, the mighty Caranga, are brought before the king and asked to take up the quest to return his kidnapped daughter. The king also tells of a dark power he unwittingly unleashed in his desperation to have his daughter returned; the Eyes of Sarsis – a dark power even the most commanding of magicians desire to remain buried in the earth.
At the same time, more mysterious things are happening through the city – animated bodies, mysterious orders, corpses without blood – and at all, a white cat lurks in the shadows.
Tiana’s thirst for adventure and the promised reward lead them through the city, out onto the open sea, into dangerous territory, and seeking strange lands in the quest to return the king’s daughter, find the stolen treasure, and most of all, defeat the Eyes of Sarsis, a power no man can break.
Along the way they ally with strong barbarians, magicians, unknowable creatures, and ancient beings to fight the awful power of the vampiric Eyes…
Born in Kentucky in 1934, Andrew J. Offutt has been a prolific writer for the majority of his life, specifically within the genres of science fiction, fantasy and erotica. One of his most notable works was his contribution to the Conan the Barbarian saga.
A professional research scientist, Richard Lyon began writing at the suggestion of his wife. After over thirty years working as a scientist, Lyon retired to a smaller company and focused more on his writing. Upon joining the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America he began corresponding with Andrew J Offutt, which lead to the collaborative work The Demon in the Mirror.
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