After the previous night’s adventures, Gwen needs a break and Vic runs off for an indeterminate period to follow a lead on a ‘hand of glory’ – but Arthur, Charlotte and Thomas Shadow decide to break into Lagrange Library and search for the Book of Dead Names for Dead Ringer.
Arthur works his contacts to find a sewer entrance for the Library – an abandoned reference annex for New Jerusalem University, closed and locked with all its unwanted books left inside, now used as an occasional hangout venue for the urban explorers called the Cave Clan. He finds a way in through a sewer entrance, and a warning – someone else has been asking about the Library lately too.
The three Shadows make their way through the sewers into the Library, discovering a run-down building full of broken shelves and worthless, rotting books. They make their way to the top floor archives to find they’re not alone – Ned Chan, a Cave Clan explorer (and former classmate of Charlotte) is there searching for the Book of Dead Names as well. After some chitchat, Ned tries to escape and Charlotte paralyses him with witchcraft – but before they can leave, they’re attacked by a pack of toad-like goblins!
The Shadows fight off the goblins using magic and falling bookshelves, and carry the paralysed Ned (and the Book) out into the Library – but it has become a mist-filled world of trees and swamps, of fae glamour magic crowding out mundane reality. They try to find their way back to the real world using Thomas’ pathfinding magics, as the sounds of hounds and hunters grow closer, but instead find the entrance to another library – the Library of Lost Dreams, a mystical hub of books and glamour monitored by the crossbow-wielding Spindrift.
As the Wild Hunt closes in, the Shadows look for options and information. Spindrift knows nothing of the Book of Dead Names, but it bears the septagram, the mark of the Splendid Court of the fae. They consider handing it over to their pursuers, but Ned rouses and objects – he needs that book to save the life of his best friend!