Cadvan of Lirigon, once the most brilliant young Bard of his generation, is exiled for a terrible crime which caused the death of his lover, Ceredin, and the serious injury of his rival, Dernhil of Gent. Racked by guilt and self-contempt, he flees to a poor mining village, seeking a new life as a humble cobbler. His exile is broken when Dernhil tracks him down, with the news that the evil Cadvan unwittingly loosed on Annar, the revenant Bone Queen, is stalking Lirigon. Together the Bards must save not only the living, but also the dead. But can Dernhil forgive the injury that Cadvan caused him? And can Cadvan ever forgive himself?
Critically acclaimed fantasy author Alison Croggon returns to Pellinor with The Bone Queen, a prequel to the events described in the popular Books of Pellinor quartet. The Bone Queen tells the story of Cadvan‘s struggle for redemption, as the Dark begins its quest to destroy the Bards of Annar.