...so when he awakens in the quiet dark of his small apartment, the young man’s sanity seems far from certain. For the past six months, he’s battled the undead, befriended giants, fallen in love, and struggled against an ultimate evil. Just a dream? Or has he fallen into complete madness?
Maybe he should ask the wizard passed out on his couch.
Thus begins Adam’s desperate struggle to return to Tantris; a magical land that’s undergone a terrible transformation. Friends and loved ones are all dead; slain at the command of the Dark Mage. Armies of Unsouled roam the land, slaughtering and devouring the scattered few who dare to fight back.
Burdened by a terrible guilt, Adam must undo the death and devastation wrought by the Dark Mage. With the might he wielded before now turned against him, he must search for another way to save those most precious to him.
The future of Tantris lies in its past and on Adam’s pursuit of a mythical token of power: the Talisman of Time.
Beaten down by despair, Adam’s every breath seems an exercise in futility. Alecia, the woman he loves more than life itself, is dead by his own hand. Most of those he counted as friends lie moldering in their graves. Hope itself flickers like a dying candle.
Only one chance remains to redeem himself and those he loves: The Talisman of Time.
Together with four companions—an elderly mage, a love-sick librarian, an arrogant ship’s captain, and a bad-tempered dwarf—Adam sets sail in a desperate search for the mythical icon. Filled with malice and unforeseen death, the world beyond Tantris rivals anything Adam has yet endured. Unknown evils inhabit the shadowy corners of the earth; each one seeking his utter annihilation.
Adam’s journey toward atonement has just begun. Should he succeed, it is but one step on the road to a dark and terrible confrontation. At its end, the Dark Mage lies in wait, hungry for revenge.
Loneliness, a failing magic business, and stacks of unpaid bills make amateur magician Adam Gray’s life one of unending drudgery and desperation. He’s trapped in the tiny town of Elliston, and excitement’s not exactly knocking down his door.
Until it does.
A cryptic peddler, peculiar merchandise, and insatiable curiosity combine to tear Adam away from the mundane safety of his everyday existence… and into the impossible world of Tantris: a land of giants, mages and the magic Adam’s hoped for his entire life. But is this a world of sanity or madness? A dream or nightmare? Adam must answer these questions, and soon.
Because Tantris has a mortal enemy—ruthless, evil and hungry for the souls of the innocent. And the Dark Mage just chose Adam as his next victim.
On the shores of Yeflam, Ayae struggles to keep her people together. She acts as liaison between the camp leaders and the immortals who could save them. Zaifyr’s immortal siblings have arrived – but they have their own unfathomable agendas and Ayae is caught in their power games.
An army on the march
Heast has returned to his role as Captain of Refuge, a mercenary unit that answers the call of lost causes. With help from an unexpected source, Heast and his band of mercenaries could turn the tide of war – if they live long enough.
A world in danger
Bueralan Le is trapped in the company of the new god child. Though he fights to prevent her from unleashing her forces on the world, he is bound by blood to her darkest creation. The future of the world may depend on his choices.
The epic conclusion to The Children Trilogy, following The Godless and Leviathan's Blood