Ile-Rien is in peril. A mysterious army known only as the Gardier has surrounded the country, attacking in ominous black airships. Hope is not lost though, for a magical sphere created by Ile-Rien's greatest sorcerer may hold the key to defeating the faceless enemy. But the sphere is unpredictable and has already claimed several lives.
When a magical spell goes disasterously awry, young Tremaine Valiarde and a brave band are transported to another world. A world of rough magics, evil mages, honorable warriors – and a secret Gardier base. With the fate of Ile-Rien in her hands, Tremaine must explore this strange new world, uncover the secrets of the sphere, and find a way to stop the evil Gardier.
This book is the first novel in a trilogy, with the second volume due out in July 2004. It is set in the same world as The Death of the Necromancer and The Element of Fire but can be read on its own.