Book 3 in World of the Five Gods series (2005)
Lord Ingry kin Wolfcliff is commanded to deliver Lady Ijada (accused of killing a prince who planned to rape and sacrifice her) to the royal court, there to be tried and executed. Magic is everywhere in this land of the Five Gods.
Ingry and Lady Ijada’s mutual attraction grows, while both are also undergoing strange sensations because they have been invaded by dangerous animal spirits.
The half-mad Prince Boleso has been slain by a noblewoman he had intended to defile — and Lord Ingrey kin Wolfcliff must transport the body to its burial place and the accused killer, the Lady Ijada, to judgment.
With the death of the old Hallow King imminent and the crown in play, the road they must travel together is a dangerous one. And though he is duty-bound to deliver his prisoner to an almost certain death, Ijada may be the only one Ingrey dares trust. For a monstrous malevolence holds the haunted lord in its sway — and a great and terrible destiny has been bestowed upon him by the gods, the damned, and the dead.