It is war.
The Votadini, one of the world’s oldest orders of wizards, have declared a purge against any being that feeds on humans. Anything that could harm a human, even if it never would. Anything that could control a human. And any wizard who refuses to swear loyalty and join them.
Worse, something beyond the borders of the world is backing them, lending a strange and tainted power to their genocidal crusade.
Kim is not ready to take command, but with her grandfather’s death, the leadership of the Reed Clan has fallen to her, and to her horror, the other creatures are looking to her, as well. After years as a virtual prisoner in her own home, her magic shackled and dormant, she is certain she is the wrong wizard for the job, even if Merlin – the actual Merlin – is on her side.
Jadwiga is finally free from the control of the Shadow’s Face, but at a terrible cost. Stripped of all the lies she had been forced to tell, all her deceptions revealed, she knows she has lost any trust she had earned, even from her family. And Lenny is bound in her stead, enslaved once more and now possessed of the power to strip the souls from human bodies.
The forces between worlds are converging. Shadow, Magic, Death.
And when one of them comes to Daniel with a terrible offer, he knows there is too much at stake to refuse.