In yet another highly anticipated sequel, R. S. Gullett transports the reader back to the magical kingdom of Alethia in an immersive and gripping tale where only faith and strength of spirit can triumph.

The king is dead! The dragon and his dark army have set the kingdom ablaze, leaving only death and destruction in their wake. Seeking to reach the next fortress city before the dark army, the paths the survivors crisscross each other as they are pursued by the dragon’s minions across the Alethian countryside.

Unbeknownst to them, a new XtaKal has arisen. Bound to the Dark Sword, he takes his place as leader of the dark army to wreak renewed havoc and devastation throughout the kingdom. Yet the cost of his new power soon becomes apparent, and he realizes that he must discover a way to master the sword before it masters him.

Upon reaching their destination, Jonas and Galanor must confront new conspiracies and contrive the means of saving the city’s inhabitants before the dark army reaches them. Simultaneously, Kinison must choose between his duty to his king and escaping north with Sarah, away from war and responsibility. Meanwhile, Maddy is given a new mandate to rescue the people of Windham, while Val and Selena must each wrestle with ghosts from their past.

In the end, as the dark army nears and all hope fades, those that remain must make hard choices between pursuing their own interests and rescuing the people before Alethia is reduced to ashes and ruin.

© R. S. Gullett 2016-2023

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