This collection brings together the two-part short story which originally appeared in Heat #1 and Heat #2 — “The Prisoner’s Release” — with three entirely new tales set in the world of Argaea.
- “Inside the Cage” takes place at the Jackal’s Staff where a young cougar seeks to escape his life of prostitution. Illustrated by Vince Suzukawa.
- “The Prisoner’s Release” previously appeared in Heat #1 and Heat #2 and tells the story of how Volle met Streak. The illustrations done by Taurin Fox for Heat are reprinted here.
- “Home Again” picks up just after “The Prisoner’s Release” when Volle and Streak have returned Ferrenis and fills in some details leading up to their ill-fated return to Tephos in “Pendant of Fortune.” Adam Wan provides a single stunning illustration for this short story.
- Finally we return to the Jackal’s Staff in “For Love or Family”, this time through the eyes of a patron trying to balance the way he feels against the duties of his station. Arthur Husky provides the illustrations.
Author: Kyell Gold
Style: Literary Work
Parental Rating: NC-17 – Graphic sexual situations
Publication Date: January 2007