An evil has risen in Columbyana, and according to The Prophecy of the Firstborn only the eldest children of three Fyne woman can defeat it.
Ariana Fyne Varden is the palace healer, caring for the ailing Emperor Arik. When Ariana learns of her fate from an annoying purple-eyed enchanter, Sian Chamblyn, she initially rejects him, and the prophecy. She is not a warrior, she wants no part in this war or any other. It soon becomes clear that she has no choice.
Sian wishes with everything he possesses that the chosen one was anyone but a girl with minimal powers. A girl he comes to care about much too quickly. He trains her as best he can for what's to come, but there is one part of the prophecy he keeps from her.
In sending Ariana to war, he is sending her to her death.
"Punchy battle scenes and steamy lovemaking will please genre fans, but it's Jones's gift for creating complex heroes and villains that lifts this story out of the ordinary." Publishers Weekly
This next generation follow-up to the Sisters of the Sun trilogy finds the Sun Witch's daughter, Ariana Kane Varden, facing her own epic quest and the prospect of romance in Jones's richly realized fantasy world. Up until the wizard Sian Chamblyn appears at court with dire news, the witch Ariana has used her modest powers of healing to aid the ailing emperor of Columbyana. That changes, however, when Sian's alarming prophecy points to her as one of three cousins who must lead the land against as-yet-unrevealed forces of evil an evil that promises to unleash monsters on the land and "a very ugly death" for the unprepared. Neither the cynical Sian nor Ariana believe she's capable of leading an army, but they're forced to work together to train her for the struggle ahead. Bit by bit, Ariana develops powers that help her divine the true nature of their foe, at the same time she's reluctantly falling in love with the equally recalcitrant wizard. Punchy battle scenes and steamy lovemaking will please genre fans, but it's Jones's gift for creating complex heroes and villains that lifts this story out of the ordinary.