Book Two 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.
In this lengthy second half of the Champion of the Scarlet Wolf duology, Hale pits her heroes and lovers against almost insurmountable odds in a fantasy world torn apart by war. The street witch Skellan, revealed to be a member of the nobility, has reluctantly taken up his proper role as Count Hilthorn Radulf and assumed control of the beleaguered city of Milmuraille. He has also claimed Cadeleonian nobleman Elezar as his champion and companion, much to the long-closeted Elezar's surprise. Before they can claim a happy ending, they must deal with city politics and assassination attempts, as well as the greater threat: with the city's magical wards destroyed, the ancient witch-queens called grimma and their enthralled armies of beasts and magical creatures march forth, destroying everything in their path. To defeat unkillable forces of nature, Skellan and Elezar risk everything. Hale continues to satisfy with capable worldbuilding and a strong emotional narrative that fuels the core romance between the leads, gradually raising the stakes and the tension before resolving it all in an epic and entertaining magical confrontation.