The third book in the Paladin series a fantasy drama of kings, elves, dragons, politics and magic by a top calibre author.
As threats build abroad, treachery strikes at home
While King Kieri struggles to end the war that plagues his borders, his new subjects are becoming restless. His people include both humans and elves and their uneasy accord is cracking under the demands of war. But Kieri didn't fully appreciate the danger until someone close to him is found slain in the woods and his beloved new wife also finds her life in danger. Kieri must seek out the corruption within his grandmother's elvish court, or all he's achieved will turn to nothing.
Trouble also finds Dorrin Verrakai on the road, riding to command her kingdom's defences in the war torn provinces. Her family's dark power is rising again and it's down to her to root out the devastating influence of their illicit blood magic. Then her investigations reveal magery in the last place anyone expected.
And while mortals struggle, dragonspawn might yet set all their realms afire.
Elizabeth Moon served in the US Marine Corps, reaching the rank of 1st Lieutenant during active duty. She has also earned degrees in history and biology, run for public office and been a columnist on her local newspaper. She lives near Austin, Texas, with her husband and their son. Twenty-six of her books are in print, and she won the Nebula Award with her science fiction novel Speed of Dark (also shortlisted for the Clarke Award), and was a finalist for the Hugo in 1997.