A thousand years ago, Mageborns fled prejudice and persecution to colonize the planet Lenfell – prisitine, untouched, a perfect refuge for those whose powers were perceived as a threat by people not gifted with magic. But the greater the magic, the greater the peril and Lenfell was soon devastated by a war between rival Mageborn factions that polluted land, sea and air with Wild Magic and unleashed the hideous specters known as the Wraithenbeasts.
Generations after that terrible war, with the land recovered from criplling wounds and the people no longer threated by genetic damage, Mageborns still practice their craft – but under strict constraints. Yet so long as the rivlary between the Mage Guardians and the Lords of Malerris continues, the threat of another war is ever-present. And someone has been planning just such a war for many long years, the final strike in a generations-old bid for total power.
Bound together by ties of their ancient Blood Line, torn asunder by the magical intrigues and political ambitions of their elders, three Mageborn sisters will find themselves on opposing sides in the conflict.
Glennin, initiated by her father into the secrets of Malerrisi magic, craves the power and position she believes are her rightful heritage – and she will do anything and use anyone in pursuit of her goals.
Sarra, fostered under a name not her own when a treacherous attack destroys all she holds dear, will devote herself to championing the underground resistance force known as the Rising – and in protecting the younger sister whose very existance is the most closely guarded secret in their world.
Cailet, destined from birth to become the Mage Guardians' last, best hope, will grow to young womanhood ignorant of her abilities and her destiny – and will prevail only if she can overcome the spell barriers long ago imposed upone her magic.
Together, the sisters will fight their own private war, and the victors will determine whether or not the Wild Magic and Wraithenbeasts are once again loosed to wreak havoc upon their world.
Melanie Rawn was born in California, and graduated from Scripps College with a BA in history. She has worked as a teacher and as an editor, before she wrote her bestselling "Dragon Prince" trilogy. Melanie took a break from writing from 1995 to 2005, due to family obligations. After the death of her mother she began to write again.