From the author: As the Great Fire threatens London, the Duke of Cumberland and his servant hunt down an errant alchemist and a fiery salamander.
The air was thick with smoke when John Cadmus arrived at the Boar’s Head. A red glow washed over the rooftops of Eastcheap, and ashes rained down over the street. Panicked crowds followed the wind and fled the flames.
More than once, Cadmus thought he would be forced to draw his rapier to cut himself a path to his destination as the tide of humanity ebbed and flowed around him. He considered letting the tide claim him, letting it pull him away from his work and his master. Letting himself...