Nadia wants no part of the shevoru, the dark blade that has gained power by possessing the souls of raging half-bloods and monsters she has killed. Since learning the secret of the dagger, she has freed herself from its influence and is finally ready to make the journey to rid the world of its evil by using the power of an ancient device.
But when a visitor from her past steps back into her life, Nadia will be forced to make a choice between two men and two fates that could upset the struggle for dominance over the world. Amid games of intrigue and blood, demons from a forgotten era rise again, and the shevoru, the spirit blade, may be the only hope to save the world from annihilation and reveal to Nadia who she really is.
A legend exists among the tribes of the Caveshi Plains, a legend of horses blessed by the Creators for their service in a war against a terrible Darkness. Thousands of years later, the servants of Darkness have returned and prepare to reawaken their master. The horses remain in hiding, except for one.
Alo is a special stallion and his rider, Ayali, knows it; but when Alo insists on rescuing a strange man fallen in a dragon attack, no one understands the horse's purpose. Ayali's only clue is the magic she feels within the man. Over time, her abilities have weakened. Without magic, she cannot fulfill the expectations of her family and her tribe in becoming the next priestess. Ayali desires to gain that knowledge from the stranger, but with his memories gone, he can tell her nothing.
To fulfill her destiny, Ayali must face a growing darkness within her before it consumes their world and destroys her life. Alo may hold the key to her redemption but will he reveal his secrets before it's too late?
However, the same power to kill daemons has also left Darrac teetering on the brink of death. Heartbroken, Lilly has sworn to do anything to save him, even cross to the Shadow Realm, but first, she must learn to control her power. That won't be easy—she doesn't understand it. No one does. But she is determined to learn, even if that means cooperating with the one man who would gladly see Darrac dead.
Mychel has no love for daemons, not even those who might have changed, but he is dedicated to protecting Lilly. As part of his efforts to hide her from the daemons, he steals her away to an ancient monastery halfway around the world. There, they will uncover secrets that could alter the fates of both realms, but the daemons have other plans.
For millennia, the world of Ahlias was guided by the whims of the Shadow Realm's beings. Daemons unleashed their fury hunting down the enemy luriel hiding inside humans. Those Awakened humans struggled to survive until they could one day Ascend to join the ranks of the luriel fighting the daemons in the Shadow Realm. The cycle of Awakening, Enlightenment, and Ascension was all they knew.
Lilly has the power to end the luriel cycle, defeat the daemons, and restore the balance of the Eternals. She has learned to use the Un'dei within her. She has seen the truth about the luriel and daemons. And she has accepted her fate. The time has come to end the war that has shaped her world and stolen the man she loves.
But the Shadow Realm is no place for a mortal…