In the epic conclusion to the Fallen Kings Cycle, set in the world of The Chronicles of the Necromancer, war has come to the Winter Kingdoms.
Summoner-King Tris Drayke takes what remains of his army north for a war he is ill-prepared to fight, as reports from spies confirm Tris's worst fear. A new threat rises across the sea: a dark summoner who intends to make the most of the Winter Kingdoms' weakness.
In Isencroft, Kiara's father is assassinated, and she has no choice except to return and claim the crown. But she must leave behind her husband and their infant son to face the dark power that threatens her rule.
The Dread will rise. Kings will fall.
The Chronicles of the Necromancer
The Blood King
Dark Lady’s Chosen
Fallen Kings Cycle
An unexpected death kicks off this epic but forgettable dark fantasy, the direct sequel to The Sworn (2011) and sixth overall in Martin's sprawling saga. The Winter Kingdoms are threatened by Temnotta, a long-isolated nation now on the warpath. Isencroft is on the verge of civil war after the king is assassinated. A serial killer stalks the streets of Principality City, killing young women and angering ghosts. Summoner-King Martris Drayke must balance the use of forbidden magic with the desperate needs of his kingdom, even as he fights for the soul of his infant son. As all of these crises come to a head, the heroes and leaders of the Winter Kingdoms are tested like never before. Ambitious in scope and meticulous in detail, this adventure has no shortage of intrigue and action. Unfortunately, it's bogged down by a sizable cast, myriad plot lines, and a slow start.