As plague and famine scourge the Winter Kingdoms, a new threat arises from across the Northern Sea, a dark spirit mage wielding the blood magic of ancient, vanquished gods.

Summoner-king Martris Drayke faces the greatest threat yet to his kingdom, as he assembles a ragged army against a huge invasion force. And neighbouring kingdoms are reeling toward anarchy as assassination or plague topple monarch after monarch. Tris must seek new allies from among the living and the dead as an untested generation of rulers face their first battle against overwhelming odds.

As the conflict escalates, the legendary Dread wake from their millennia-long slumber beneath sacred barrows. They become a power Tris must harness if he is to vanquish the invaders. First, he must determine whether the Dread are friend or foe. And which side do their warrior guardians, the Sworn, really serve?

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Release date: January 24, 2011
Genres: fantasy > high fantasy
Average rating: 6.84/10
Total ratings: 6
Updated 2016-08-25