Erenthrall—sprawling city of light and magic, whose streets are packed with traders from a dozen lands and whose buildings and towers are grown and shaped in the space of a day. At the heart of the city is the Nexus, the hub of the ley line system that powers Erenthrall and links the city and the Baronial plains to the rest of the continent and the world beyond. The Prime Wielders control the Nexus with secrecy and lies, but it is the Baron who controls the Wielders and the rest of the Baronies through a web of brutal intimidation enforced by his bloodthirsty guardsmen and unnatural assassins.

When the rebel Kormanley seek to destroy the ley system and the Baron’s chokehold on the continent, two people find themselves caught in the chaos that sweeps through Erenthrall and threatens the entire world: Kara Tremain, a young Wielder coming into her power, who discovers the forbidden truth behind the magic that powers the ley lines, and Alan Garrett, a recruit in the Baron’s guard, who learns that the city holds more mysteries and more danger than he could possibly have imagined...and who holds a secret within himself that could mean Erenthrall’s destruction...or its salvation.


Having survived the shattering of the Nexus, Wielder Kara Tremain and ex-Dog Allan Garrett have led their small group of refugees to a safe haven in the hills on the edge of the plains. But the ley system is not healing itself, and as the instability spreads they know soon no place will be safe. Their only chance is a desperate attempt to fix the ley lines themselves. To do that, they’ll have to enter streets controlled by vicious bands of humans and non-humans alike, intent on keeping what little they’ve managed to scavenge together from anyone else’s hands.

But as soon as they enter Erenthrall, they find themselves caught up in the maelstrom of violence, deception, and betrayal that the city has descended into—including the emergence of a mysterious and powerful cult calling themselves the White Cloaks, whose leader is called Father...

The same man who once led the terrorist group called the Kormanley and brought about the Shattering that destroyed the world.


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