The last thing Firekeeper and Blind Seer ever thought would happen was that they would end up as part of a small alliance united to hold the gates of the Nexus Islands against the massed might of the Old World nations.
If the alliance is to have any hope of success, Firekeeper and Blind Seer must first find a way to break querinalo: the arcane plague that tortures the body and soul of any who possess even the slightest trace of magical talent. If querinalo is not vanquished, the Nexus Islands will fall – opening the New World to invasion.
This is not the first seemingly impossible challenge the wolf-woman has faced, but this time she may face it without Blind Seer at her side. When querinalo touched the blue-eyed wolf, Blind Seer discovered an aspect of himself that he will not speak of to anyone – not even to Firekeeper. As the rumbles of invasion shake the gates of the Nexus Islands, Firekeeper stands not only in danger of losing home and friends, but also of losing the partner of her heart.
Lindskold's fantasy saga about Firekeeper, a young woman raised by intelligent, talking wolves and destined to save her world, concludes in this intricately plotted sixth adventure (after 2006's Wolf Hunting). Long ago, the sorcerers who ruled the Old World beyond the magical gates were destroyed by a terrible plague one which Firekeeper and her allies accidentally freed when they reopened the long-closed gates between New and Old Worlds. In the aftermath, which left New World magic users damaged or crippled, Firekeeper is compelled to learn the source of the plague and how to destroy it once and for all. Meanwhile, the kingdoms around her home in the Nexus Islands prepare to fight to get the gates necessary for trade reopened, no matter what. While a complex backstory obliges new readers to start with an earlier entry point in the series, this volume rewards patience with a thought-provoking tale of magic and politics, enlivened by Firekeeper's wry and wolfish point-of-view.