Book One of Two.
Five years after abandoning the Sagrada Academy, Elezar Grunito has become infamous in the sanctified circles of noble dueling rings for his brutal temper and lethal blade. Men and women of all ranks gather to cheer and jeer, none of them knowing Elezar’s true purpose. But a violent death outside the ring marks Elezar as a wanted man and sends him into hiding in the far northern wilds of Labara.
There, creatures of myth and witchcraft—long since driven from Cadeleon—lurk in dark woods and prowl the winding streets. Soldiers and priests alike fear the return of witch-queens and even demons. Elezar soon learns that magic takes many forms, some too alluring to resist, others too terrible to endure. But just as he begins to find his place in this strange new country, the past he left behind along with his school days returns to challenge him once again.
Return to the world of Lord of the White Hell in this fantasy adventure from Ginn Hale.
Hale (Lord of the White Hell) draws the reader into a troubled fantasy world with lush descriptions, an innovative magic system, and well-realized worldbuilding. After accidentally killing a man in the defense of a friend, Elezar is sent away for his own protection, appointed as royal envoy to the distant city of Milmuraille, where he's instructed to seek peace with a powerful witch queen. There, he encounters the street witch Skellan, a charming, half-feral young man dealing with problems of his own. But with a malevolent violet flame devouring all of the magic in the city, burning those with talent and destroying ancient wards, it seems as though Elezar and Skellan will have little time to properly investigate their mutual attraction. Hale grounds the narrative with a convincing romance that plays out against a gripping thriller-style plot. While some of the story is predictable, Hale keeps things moving at a brisk pace, weaving multiple threads and juggling a large cast, and setting things up nicely for the final installment.