Having read this book shortly after finishing Heart of Midnight, I was very into Harkon Lukas, whom I thought played a prominent role in this novel. He does, but not until the near end. The story mostly focuses on a group of adventurers tied to a society that combats Evil in Kartakass. They are sent to the village of Cortton to cure the plague of undead that walks the streets. Along the way, they must contend with one of their own slowly becoming a wizard (their leader hates magic) and some newcomers to the land who seem to be able to raise the dead to true life, something unheard of in the domain.
The beginning (most of the book) was slow, and the travel seemed to take-up most of the story, but once they got to the village, Laurell K. Hamilton showed me that she could write a good tale. The ending was near-perfect in its setup, and leaves the reader wondering what happened to more than one of the characters (however, if they know anything about Kartakass and Luk as in general, they could figure it out) and if there will be a sequel (here's hoping).
In all, a good read.