Book IV of Black Jewels. Jared, a Red-Jeweled Warlord, is bound as a pleasure slave by the Ring of Obedience. After suffering nine years of torment as a slave, he murdered his owner and escaped – only to be caught and sold into slavery once again. Purchased by a notorious queen, Jared fears he will share the mysterious fate of her other slaves – to vanish, never to be seen again – and readies himself for death. But the Grey Lady may not be what she seems and Jared faces a difficult decision: his freedom or his honour. Cover art by Larry Rostant.