This is Book 2. From the rear cover: "A dream born from tyranny...Tyr: The Free City. After a millennium of sorrow, it has cast off the yoke of the brutal sorcerer-king. The new ruler, Tithian of Mericles, has liberated the slaves-and plunged the city into chaos. Tyr's riumph may be its death knell. Only Rikus, the man-dwarf gladiator who sparked the rebellion, can save the city from the armies of Uris's sorcerer-king. With a ragtag militia of nobles, templars, and former slaves, he must stand against Urik's might. But strength of arm does not necessarily make a good general, as Rikus will learn before the conflict is over."