The young but learned cleric Cadderly and the beautiful and capable monk Danica are starting to think that every time they defeat one foe, another, more powerful enemy is revealed—and that does seem true. But as their friendship turns to love, a new threat more horrifying than anything they've encountered so far will almost make them wish that all they had to worry about was the chaos curse.
The Night Masks employ a veritable army of ruthless assassins, their services available to any with the gold to pay. And one among them, a mysterious figure known only as Ghost, has been set on Cadderly's trail by the frustrated leadership of Castle Trinity. Though himself a weak, aging man, Ghost possesses a magic artifact that allows him to inhabit and control another's body, from a world-weary giant to Cadderly's closest friends.
The gloves are off and the fight is personal. Castle Trinity wants Cadderly dead, and they're willing to pay the Night Mask's highest price for the privilege. When Cadderly tries to hide in the frontier city of Carradoon, he may have inadvertently signed the whole city's death warrant.
In this, the third installment of the five book series The Cleric Quintet, veteran fantasy author R.A. Salvatore has created one of fantasy's most frightening villains, and set him loose upon one of the genre's most endearing heroes. Best read in order, the Cleric Quintet begins in Canticle, continues in In Sylvan Shadows, and after Night Masks comes The Fallen Fortress. Cadderly, Danica, the Bouldershoulder brothers, and other characters and situations from The Cleric Quintet are featured in Salvatore's Drizzt novels as well, and take on a major role in the new blockbuster The Ghost King.