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?
Gail Zehner Martin was born in Meadville, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Grove City College with a B.A. in History, and earned an M.B.A. in marketing and management information systems from The Pennsylvania State University.
After nearly 20 years as a marketing executive for corporations and non-profit organizations, she started her own consulting firm, Dream Spinner Communications. She also writes feature articles on a variety of topics for regional and national magazines. In addition to writing and consulting, Ms. Martin teaches public relations writing and public speaking for the University of North Carolina - Charlotte. She is married and has three children, a Himalayan cat and a golden retriever.
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