Barbarian Bahzell, originally an outsider to so-called civilization, has become the first hradani wind rider in history-a position that confers elite status within the territories of the powerful Sothoii. But certain very powerful and very nasty sorts are not at all happy about Bahzells' new status, and resentment stirs. Deadly resentment.To complicate matters even further, Baron Tellian's daughter, the heir to the realm, is convinced that Bahzell is the only man-or hradani-for her. Yet Bahzell is no stranger to entanglements and threats, and his enemies are the ones who had best watch themselves. For they aren't just going up against any hradani barbarian, but a tried and proven champion of the War God Himself.At the publisher's request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management).
Weber returns to the fantasy realm of Norfressa and his barbarian hero Bahzell Bahnakson (last seen in 2004's Wind Rider's Oath) with an intricately plotted (albeit formulaic) story that sees the endearing hradani giant transition into a new stage of his life. The friendship between Bahnakson, a legendary champion of the god of war and Tellian Bowmaster, a powerful Sothoii nobleman, has gone a long way in ending the bitter hatred between the two traditional enemies. In fact, an ambitious canal project connecting the human city of Derm with the hradani city of Hurgrum is almost complete. There are factions, however, that will do anything to destroy this union. With assassins lurking and a campaign against a growing ghoul threat in full swing, Bahzell is faced with an unexpected challenge: marriage! Weber's impressive realm-building skills are in top form, but fans of his previous Bahzell novels may find the pacing a bit sluggish and the plot twists not exactly unexpected.