The Kingdom of Wendar is in turmoil. King Henry still holds the crown, but his reign has long been contested by his sister Sabella, and there are many eager to flock to her banner. Internal conflict weakens Wendar's defences, drawing raiders, human and inhuman, across its borders. Terrifying portents abound and dark spirits walk the land in broad daylight. Suddenly two innocents are thrust into the midst of the conflict. Alain, a young man granted a vision by the Lady of Battles, and Liath, a young woman with the power to change the course of history. Both must discover the truth about themselves before they can accept their fates. For in a war where sorcery, not swords, may determine the final outcome, the price of failure may be more than their own lives.
This could be the breakout book for Kate Elliott . . . what really counts are her characters. Well-drawn and vivid, they come alive as both people from a very foreign place and people we care about. They keep the plot irresistibly moving forward and draw us into her work. The book is solid, exciting and engrossing - a grand and powerful piece of writing all in all.' Katharine Kerr, author of DAGGERSPELL 'Entirely captivating... an indispensible technique in conjuring convincing fictional worlds.' PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY 'enough adventure, suspense, and character development here to reward most readers.' STARBURST 'I look forward avidly to the next volume.' INTERZONE
About the Author
Kate Elliot lives in Hawaiii with her husband and three children. To find out more about Kate Elliot visit www.orbitbooks.co.uk.