For Isak, the time for heartless decisions and ruthless action has come if he is to save the Land from its oppressors ...
Scree has been wiped from the face of the Land in a brutal demonstration of intent. While those responsible scatter to work on the next step in their plan, the stakes are raised - all the way to the heavens - as the Gods themselves enter the fray.
Returning home to a nation divided by fanaticism, Lord Isak is haunted both by the consequences of his actions in Scree and by visions of his own impending death. As the full extent of Azaer's schemes become clearer, he realises prophecy and zealotry must play their part in his battle-plans if there is to be any chance of surviving the coming years.
As a white-eye, Isak has had to embrace the darker parts of his own soul, but now the savage religious fervour sweeping his nation must also be accepted and turned to purpose, in the name of survival.
With the battle lines vague and allegiances uncertain, the time for heartless decisions and ruthless action has come. Two figures oppose Isak and his allies: the greatest warrior in history, who dreams of empire and Godhood, and a newborn baby whose dreams have no limit.
In this weighty third installment of the Twilight Reign series (after 2009's The Twilight Herald), the gods, shocked by their defeat in battle against humankind, have decided to fight back by turning select humans into Mortal-Aspects, demigods who can act as their agents. Lord Isak of the Farlan foiled the advances of the shadow-god Azaer at the battle of Scree, but it was only a temporary fix, and the price paid by Isak and his followers was much too steep. Now, needing to mobilize an army against Azaer and the Menin people, Isak must whip his people into a religious frenzy. Though Lloyd's prose is as strong as ever, this volume is more of a stepping stone than a solid story in its own right.