The conclusion to the Golden Mage trilogy.
With her bond to Aidric now stronger than ever, Allison feels that she has at last become a part of Lamia and is experiencing a measure of happiness despite the loss of Soren. However, after several moons of quiet, King Diryan's spies bring news of a monstrous Mihran army marching towards Kemos, one of Lamia's allied kingdoms, forcing the king to declare war on Mihr that very day. With the powers that be still unwilling to allow her to go beyond the Shield out of fear of the prophecy she still has yet to fulfill, Allison watches Aidric and her friends go off to war, feeling idle and useless. However, fate will not be denied, and soon Allison finds herself in the awful position of being forced to make a decision everyone, including herself, had prayed she would never have to make.