Aisling of Bruadair’s quest to restore her country’s rightful rulers to their throne has been long and difficult. Now, after a lifetime of lies, she’s confronted with an unexpected truth: Bruadair’s salvation may lie within her. But the path to harnessing her newly discovered magical gifts threatens to lead her back through a past that may well spell her death.
With his own magic restored, Rùnach of Ceangail has come to terms with the fact that the simple life he once coveted is no longer an option. Instead, he is determined to help Aisling fulfill her quest, even if his part of the bargain includes facing evil mages with power far greater than his own.
But once they reach Bruadair, Rùnach and Aisling discover that nothing is as it seems, and not only must they accept their past, they must also embrace their destiny—before the enemies drawing near succeed in extinguishing all the light in the world…
The ninth Nine Kingdoms romantic fantasy (after River of Dreams) wraps the story up neatly while leaving room for Kurland to continue exploring the richly detailed world. Aisling wants to hold on to her belief that she is just a humble weaver from a secretive country where magic is inexplicably being drained away. But when she returns to Bruadair, she finally accepts that it's her responsibility to gather her courage and save her country and her descendants from those who seek to control the world. Rather than weaving, she shall become a spinner of light and magic. The witty banter between Aisling and her elven knight errant, R nach, lightens what could otherwise have been a dark adventure. Aisling and R nach's sweet courtship enhances this lovely quest fantasy. New readers should begin with the first book in the series to understand what motivates Aisling and R nach, and to better enjoy the cameos of characters from previous adventures.