The incredible new fantasy epic that began with The Dark Glory War
In an age of treachery and peril, a young thief may be the
prophesied savior ... or the betrayer of the world.
From Michael A. Stackpole, "New York Times bestselling author and a
master of epic fantasy, comes a stirring chronicle of magic,
intrigue, passion, and the most unlikely of heroes...
Once one of the grandest of human cities, Yslin now has a dark
heart known as the Dimandowns. And when Will, an orphaned young
thief from the Dim, plots to prove himself to his master by
stealing a prize from the exiled Elves who share the fetid slums,
his theft of the strange artifact snares him in a web of prophecy.
It also brings him together with Kedyn''s Crow, a shadowy human
warrior, and Resolute, a Vorquelf determined to redeem his
long-lost island home. To them, Will could be the fulfillment of a
long-held dream and the last chance the world has to save itself
from Chytrine, the northern tyrant who would be empress of the
But their belief in Will finds few allies in a world torn by war
and magick. Preoccupied with their own internecine struggles, the
world''s leaders see Will as a pawn. Only Chytrine seems able to
recognize Will''s destiny, and she sends her Dark Lancers to
destroy him. For who better to destroy a hero than the ill-fated
heroes of the previous generation, survivors of a failed war to
exterminate Chytrine, now corrupted to her service?
Yet even as Will is tested, a new generation takes up arms where
their predecessors failed. Alexia, princess of a dead nation, leads
an army to oppose Chytrine. And the sorcerers of Vilwan have
fashioned theirown hero, Kerrigan Reese, bestowing upon him powers
and abilities no human has held for centuries.
Together these heroes travel to the mysterious Fortress Draconis to
stop Chytrine from stealing more fragments of the DragonCrown -- a
powerful artifact that, once in her control, will guarantee her
"From the Trade Paperback edition.