Victory for the Shadari rebels has come at a terrible
price. Hardship, superstition and a murderous cabal poison King Daryan's
young regime, but help is nowhere to be found: the mercenary who led
their rebellion has vanished, their Nomas allies have troubles of their
own, and the Norlanders who returned home to plead - or fight - for the
Shadari's independence have found themselves embroiled in the court
politics of an empire about to implode.
As the foundations of the
two far-flung countries begin to crack, an enigmatic figure watches
from a tower room in Ravindal Castle. She is old, and a prisoner, but
her reach is long, and her patience is about to be rewarded...