The Sun Sword

The Sword must be drawn….

The armies of Alesso di’Marente and Valedan kai di’Leonne are massing in the Terrean of Averda for the battle that will at last deter­mine the rule of the Dominion. The Sun Sword is about to be deliv­ered by Serra Diora to its “rightful” holder, Valedan, last surviving heir of the clan Leonne. But whether Valedan will be able to wield the sword, or — like the form kai el’Sol — will be consumed by its magic, remains to be seen.

The demon kin are gath­ering as well, and a dread spell is being worked which will — should it success­fully reach comple­tion — finally open the way for the Lord of Night to once again enter the mortal realm.

And though many of the truly powerful have gath­ered upon the field, the entire course of the future may rest in the hands, heart and soul of one being, Kiriel di’Ashaf, daughter of the Lord of Night….

The Riven Shield

The call to arms!

In the Essalieyan Empire, the armies are gath­ering, ready to cham­pion the cause of Valedan kai di’Leonne, last survivor of the ruling clan of the Dominion. But Valedan himself must take a different road to war, sealing what Dominion alliances he can claim without the Empire’s backing.

Yet even before Valedan sets forth, Jewel of House Terafin has already jour­neyed beyond mortal realms with only her domicis Avandar to guard her back, walking through flame to join the Voyani on a trek they’ve been destined to make for centuries. Behind her she has left a House on the brink of bloody dynastic war – and her den caught in deadly polit­ical infighting.

Kiriel, too, must face the greatest chal­lenge of her life, torn between the conflicting demands of her father’s and her mortal heritage.

And as the Voyani – with Jewel, Avandar, Kallan­dras, Diora, Teresa, and Lord Celle­riant of the Winter Queen’s court – embark upon the Sea of Sorrows in a desperate attempt to reach the lost Cities of Man, a spell gone awry insures that all their enemies – whether of mortal or demonkind – can trace the path they are following and strike out at them at any moment….

Sea of Sorrows

The call to arms!

In the Essalieyan Empire, the armies are gath­ering, ready to cham­pion the cause of Valedan kai di’Leonne, last survivor of the ruling clan of the Dominion. But Valedan himself must take a different road to war, sealing what Dominion alliances he can claim without the Empire’s backing.

Yet even before Valedan sets forth, Jewel of House Terafin has already jour­neyed beyond mortal realms with only her domicis Avandar to guard her back, walking through flame to join the Voyani on a trek they’ve been destined to make for centuries. Behind her she has left a House on the brink of bloody dynastic war – and her den caught in deadly polit­ical infighting.

Kiriel, too, must face the greatest chal­lenge of her life, torn between the conflicting demands of her father’s and her mortal heritage.

And as the Voyani – with Jewel, Avandar, Kallan­dras, Diora, Teresa, and Lord Celle­riant of the Winter Queen’s court – embark upon the Sea of Sorrows in a desperate attempt to reach the lost Cities of Man, a spell gone awry insures that all their enemies – whether of mortal or demonkind – can trace the path they are following and strike out at them at any moment….

The Shining Court

In the Dominion – those allied with the demons of the Shining Court feared the bargain they’d made. For to the kialli betrayal was a way of life, and every action was a means to gain greater power. And as the Festival of the Moon approached, the demon kin began to prey upon those in the Tor Leonne. But more fright­ening than their pres­ence was their “gift” for the Festival, masks created not by human craftsmen but by the kialli. Even the magic and knowl­edge of the greatest of the Dominion’s Widan had been unable to discern what trap the masks contained – and time to discover and avert this menace was running out….

In the Empire – the armies were mobi­lizing for war. But before they carried the battle to the Dominion, Seer Jewel ATer­afin would be forced to follow her own destiny. For what she’d seen in vision she could not deny. And so Jewel, with only Avandar to guard her back, would abandon House Terafin on the eve of its greatest peril and journey into the dark­ness which was fast over­shad­owing the mortal lands….

And among the Voyani – the moment had come to make their final stand against Allasakar, Lord of the Hells, for they alone had kept to the old ways, guarding the ancient knowl­edge. But hounded by their enemies, and with one of their greatest trea­sures hidden in the Tor Leonne, could they with­stand the power of the Shining Court?

The Uncrowned King

The Kings’ Chal­lenge

It was a proving ground for warriors in the Essalieyan Empire, the hallowed contest that made legends of men. And for Valedan, last survivor of the ruling family of the Dominion, it was a decla­ra­tion of his right to claim the throne stolen from the Leonne clan by treachery and assas­si­na­tion.

Failure to earn the title of Kings’ Cham­pion would not deprive Valedan of either his Dominion or Essalieyan allies, but winning would announce to the world that he was no callow boy, no mere pawn in the games of power. And the games of power were indeed being played – not only in Empire and Dominion but in the far more dangerous realm of the Lord of Night.

As the time of the Chal­lenge neared, Valedan and all those who guarded him would be hard-pressed to survive long enough for him to enter the compe­ti­tion. For the demon kin had been set to hunt him down and destroy him. They had failed before, though many inno­cents had paid the price. They must not fail again, for slaying Valedan was but the opening gambit in a war that would free the Lord of Night to reign over all the mortal world….