Sofia Scaligeri once believed herself destined to rule Rasenna, the quarrelsome city of towers, but she is about to discover a far greater destiny.
The second book in the Wave Trilogy, set in a darkly original alternative Renaissance Italy.
After the rout at Rasenna, Concord faces enemies on all fronts, and nobody believes that the last surviving Apprentice is equal to these crises - but Torbidda didn't become Apprentice by letting himself be manipulated.
While Sofia is struggling to understand her miraculous pregnancy, the City of Towers grows wealthy. But it's not long before the people of Rasenna start arguing again, and as the city falls apart once more, Sofia realises she must escape Etruria to save her baby.
When prophecy leads her to another cesspit of treachery, the decadent Crusader kingdom of Oltremare, Sofia begins to despair, for this time she can see no way out...
Aidan Harte studied sculpture at the Florence Academy of Art; it was while he was in Italy that he was inspired to write The Wave Trilogy: Irenicon, shortlisted for the David Gemmell Morningstar Award, and its sequels The Warring States and Spira Mirabilis. His interest in folklore and mythology also informs his sculpture; he recently won a commission from County Clare in Ireland for his 'Puca of Ennistymon', based on the character from Gaelic folklore, which has won him a lot of fans, including actor Chris O'Dowd and comedian Dara O'Briain.
Aidan can be found on Instagram at aidanhartesculptor and Twitter @HarteAidan; his website is www.aidanharte.com