From one of the most exciting writers of fantasy adventure comes the second novel in The Ascendant Kingdoms Saga, a tale of unpredictable magic, battling warlords, and an exile's quest for vengeance.
"A book that will take over readers' thoughts until long after the final page." —RT Book Reviews
Survival is just the beginning.
Blaine McFadden endured six long years in the brutal Velant prison colony, exiled for murder. War devastated his homeland of Donderath and destroyed the magic on which the Ascendant Kingdoms relied. Now Blaine and a small group of fellow exiles have returned to a lawless wasteland, where unrestrained magic storms wreak havoc and monsters roam free.
Yet, amidst the chaos, rumors persist of a new magic that could restore the kingdoms. But the key lies with a dangerous, ancient ritual and a group of vanished survivors. Now McFadden's only hope is a small, desperate, quickly rallied army. Together they must make one last stand knowing that if they fail, the civilization of the Ascendant Kingdoms dies with them.
The Ascendant Kingdoms Saga
Reign of Ash
War of Shadows
Shadow and Flame
Picaresque series hero Blaine McFadden, free after six years in the Velant prison colony, strives to revive magic in the face of widespread devastation following war between Donderath and Meroven. McFadden, the last living Lord of the Blood, pits his motley crew of supporters against conquest-minded talishte (vampire) warlord Pentreath Reese and henchman Vedran Pollard. Martin fleshes out her crowded canvas with a romantic attachment between swashbuckling McFadden and courtesan and assassin Kestel Falke. Supernatural intervention adds to the mounting tension as talishte fight on both sides, and it provides comic relief when Wraith Lord Kierken Vandholt, McFadden's ghostly counterpart, takes possession of medium Bevin Connor. Martin draws upon traditional genre elements, such as self-sacrifice and fate vs. free will, to hint at significance, but provides few attractions other than the vibrant action.