WHAT DARKNESS LURKS BENEATHLoren knows better than to share Lapis’s excitement when she brings him a new quest. It sounds easy enough—proctoring students from an adventuring academy on their final exam—but he knows his partner. Lapis has an ulterior motive. Sure enough, she claims that one of her missing parts is hidden within the labyrinth the students are delving into. She’ll stop at nothing to reclaim it, even if it means endangering their charges. Worse, something’s gone wrong with the labyrinth, and Loren soon realizes that he’ll be lucky if his students get a passing grade—and he’ll be lucky to survive.Series Overview: One by one, the mercenaries who raised Loren fell in a terrible, bloody battle. The lone survivor in a hard world with only his wits and his sword to his name, Loren hires himself out as an adventurer. His new party, however, proves all too willing to run headlong into danger using him as their meat shield. Only Lapis, the party’s sly priest, sees his true worth, just as Loren sees hers. They must rely on each other, or else neither of them will live to see the end of their first adventure.