Race for the Night Ruby – Flashing Swords Magazine, 2009
The Black Raven is hired to steal a magical ruby from a Venetian palace. He must overcome deadly traps, a rival gang, and a legendary assassin.
Race for the Night Ruby was the second Black Raven story I wrote, and a personal favorite.
It was the third of six Black Raven stories that I’d sold to Flashing Swords. Sadly, Issue 12 was the final issue for that magazine.
This story also appears in my Black Raven collection: MOUNTAIN OF DAGGERS.
(cover art by M.D. Jackson)