Haunted by terrible visions, and battling his own fear of Sorcery, the aging weaponmaster Belin must face the magical assassins that stalk the capital Raynor and bring the newborn son of the fallen Emperor — the last of the Cinanac line — to safety.
Following on from events in The Calvanni, the city of Raynor is now in turmoil. Supporters of the False-Scion Osterac riot on the streets, and legions of non-human Eathal advance across the continent, destroying all in their path.
The first interstellar exploration vessel Starburst sets out from Earth in 2157, funded by ExploreCorp. The mega-corporation is hoping to expand its already massive profits by being the first to reach an Earth-like planet in nearby space. The problem is this planet is already occupied.