A new god has risen.
The immortal Zaifyr has arrived at the Floating Cities in chains, to await trial for murder. Despite this, he's preparing for war against a new child god - for she will do anything to destroy those who stand in her way.
A city has fallen.
Ayae must fight to protect the survivors, and finds herself ensnared in a web of political intrigue. She'll find politics can be as lethal as any sword, and hers is not the only life at stake.
A warrior has arrived.
Across the ocean, the exile Bueralan returns home. And he's bearing a dead man's soul around his neck. God-touched and grief-stricken, he treads a dangerous path. He'll confront a legendary fighter . . . and discover a secret that will change the world.
The epic second title in The Children Trilogy, following The Godless
The second installment of Peek's epic fantasy Children Trilogy (after The Godless) is innovative in concept but long-winded in execution. The threat of war looms over the island city of Yeflam, where refugees from the fallen realm of Mireea have fled. Zaifyr, a child of the original gods who was cursed and imprisoned, has vowed to make war on a new god, who's known only as "the child," and her followers. He meets Ayae, an orphaned young girl who is later discovered to possess fire powers. Their story lines intertwine with that of mercenary soldier Bueralan Le, who was once the captain of the Refuge, a group sworn to protect the innocent and helpless. Le is now a defeated exile, but is drawn back into resistance against the child. The complex actions of these three major figures within the "deadly game of politics" occupy most of the hefty narrative, which is exhaustively detailed and requires close knowledge of the first volume. This lengthy, dark excursion into bleak stretches of human imagination demands more attention to strange names, shadowy characterizations, and peculiar plot twists involving inhumane rituals than many readers may be willing to muster.