The conclusion of a spectacular fantasy epic - a violent struggle for land and power in a world of fabled cities, great dangers and mysterious forces.
Reeve Joss is struggling to defend a country ravaged by the assaults of twin armies. His men now patrol a land of burning villages and homeless refugees as Joss tries to separate traitor from friend.
The Reeve s thoughts are also plagued by the intriguing Zubaidit, pleasure-giver, spy and temple-trained assassin. But Zubaidit is focused on a dangerous mission, her target being warped Guardian Lord Radas. His death would leave the invading militia in chaos, but the old tales tell truly of the Guardians immortality - and of the powers they now wield to twist the hearts of men.
Joss s nights are also troubled, disturbed by dreams of Marit. His lost love has returned from death to become a feared Guardian herself, but Marit rejected the corrupt temptations they offered. She now seeks others of her kind, praying some are yet uncontaminated by the blight on the land - and have the will to fight it.
Kate Elliott has definitely outdone herself with this book ... Kate has given us a richly detailed world - FantasyBookCritic
A solid, rousing conclusion ... memorable and racially diverse characters whose captivating superstitions, passions and fears are the highlights of this expansive and complicated tale - Publishers Weekly