But Callatas has spent two centuries preparing to remake humanity, and he will exterminate any who dare to oppose him.
CLAUDIA ABERON DORIUS was once a sorceress of the Imperial Magisterium, yet now she is the wife of a high noble of the Empire. Civil war rips the Empire, and the rebel sorcerers have targeted her beloved husband for death. Claudia has no choice but to work with Caina, the woman she despises most in the world, to save her husband's life.
But a danger comes that neither Caina nor Claudia have foreseen...
KALGRI is the Red Huntress, the centuries-old assassin of legend. She has killed kings and princes, sorcerers and alchemists, young and old and rich and poor, and laughed at their screams and rejoiced at the tears of their families. She has slain countless innocents, and no one has ever stopped her.
And her next target is Caina Amalas.
Ridmark Arban is the Shield Knight, questing to stop the rise of the evil New God. But Ridmark and his companions are caught in the war between the final remnant of the dying gray elves and the brutal muridach horde.
Unless Ridmark can save the gray elves, he and his friends will die, and the New God will rise in power to enslave the world...
Ridmark has learned that the sorceress Cathala holds the secret of the Seven Swords, and quests to free her from the grasp of an imprisoning spell.
But the Maledicti priests know of Ridmark's quest, and plot to stop him with a deadly new weapon.
For how can a knight fight the shadows in his mind?
A sorcerous catastrophe threatens to destroy Istarinmul, and the only the mysterious sorceress Annarah, last loremaster of lost Iramis, knows how to stop it.
To rescue Annarah and save Istarinmul, Caina must brave the Inferno, the hellish fortress of the sinister Immortals.
But those who enter the Inferno never return...
Specifically, she carries the Ring of Rasarion Yagar, a relic created by the tyrannical necromancer-king who once ruled Ulkaar. The deadly sorcerers of the malevolent Umbarian Order wish to seize the Ring for themselves, as do the sinister priests of the ruthless Temnoti cult.
And to make matters worse, the Ring is not the only powerful relic of Rasarion Yagar.
And unless Caina can escape her foes, the wielders of those relics will kill her...
Ridmark Arban is the Shield Knight, but he is the only Swordbearer in the realm of Owyllain.
That means he is the only warrior capable of defending Owyllain from the forces of dark magic.
But the powers of darkness have servants in Owyllain, servants who are more than willing to put a dagger in Ridmark's back...
She has risked too much for too long, and her enemies have finally closed around her. The Staff and Seal of Iramis have been found, and threaten to destroy the world with their sorcerous powers.
The terrible Apotheosis of the evil Grand Master Callatas will succeed unless Caina makes one final sacrifice.
Unless she makes the ultimate sacrifice...
Now the Traveler is dead, and Third is free.
But when she undertakes the quest to find the missing Shield Knight of Andomhaim, Third must face the bloody shadows of her past.
Because if she does not, those shadows will devour her...