The second book in a new epic fantasy trilogy by British author Jane Welch
Silas has fled with the broken Chalice of OEnd, forcing the companions to flee into the surrounding forest, pursued and hunted by the remaining angry swarms of hobs. But their escape is slow as Isolde falls ill; the injured hand she plunged into the Chalice during the ceremony is infected and the disease is spreading rapidly, transforming her flesh into the scales of a hob. Sick with worry, Rollo decides to go after the chalice, hoping to reverse the spell, but Leaf insists on returning to aid her people convinced she can find a cure with them. Unable to agree, the company splits. Meanwhile Torra Alta is under siege, attacked by men imbued with dragon-fire powers. It seems the attack on Belbidia is not simply a civil war, but a mass invasion.
After working in Heffers Booksellers for a short while and running her own small business, Jane Welch and her husband Richard left England to spend five winters teaching skiing in Andorra. Here she completed her first novel, The Runes of War, the first book in The RuneSpell trilogy, which was published in Dec 1995, The Lost Runes in October 1996 and The Runes of Sorcery in May 1997. Her second trilogy, set in the same world of Belbidia - The Book of ?nd, was published by Earthlight in 1999/2000.