The conflict between William Penmere and John Esden reaches its climax as both men seek to claim the blood-soaked crown.
War ravages the kingdom, killing thousands. Seeing Denland’s nobles shedding rivers of blood, the King of Felaria invades with a massive army. Bitter rivals for the throne face a stark choice: unite to fend off the attack or risk losing everything for which they have fought.
A truce is agreed between William and John, but even with the kingdom hanging in the balance, Stuart Esden, John’s son, refuses to relinquish his lust for victory. Beyond the mountains, Sophie Hurstwood stages a daring coup to reclaim her stolen birthright, determined to avenge her father’s murder. Treachery infects every family competing for the throne, but only one can win the bloody crown.