Callatas has slaughtered every foe who ever challenged him, and Caina may be next.
CASSANDER NILAS is a ruthless magus of the brutal Umbarian Order, and seeks to destroy the Emperor. At last he has found the key to the downfall of the Empire.
All he needs to do is kill Caina Amalas, and the Empire will burn.
MORGANT THE RAZOR is an assassin of legend and myth. He vanished a hundred and fifty years past, but he may hold the key to Caina's victory.
Or her final defeat...
To defeat the evil of the Seven Swords, Ridmark must learn the secrets of their making. But the creator of the Swords is imprisoned within the dungeons of Urd Maelwyn, once the stronghold of the dark elven tyrant called the Sovereign.
And those who enter the dungeons of Urd Maelwyn never return...
But the Magisterium has much bigger problems right now, and the First Magus is willing to make a deal. If Caina can find the root cause of a mysterious string of suicides, the Magisterium will leave her in peace.
Except the suicides are actually murders.
And unless Caina is clever, she’ll be the murderer’s next victim…
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...
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...
So did her mortal enemy, the sorcerer Cassander Nilas.
Now the city of Istarinmul teeters on the brink of civil war and sorcerous annihilation. Unless Caina summons all her bravery and cunning, Cassander's dark spell will kill millions of people.
Starting with the people she loves...
For Grand Master Callatas is ready to work his terrible Apotheosis, and all he needs to unleash the dark power of the nagataaru is the Staff and the Seal of Iramis…once he takes them from Caina’s dead hands.
Yet if Caina and Callatas do not work together, they are doomed.
For the last of the fearsome Great Necromancers, Kharnaces the Heretic, laid his sinister trap long ago, and its jaws now close around his former pupil Callatas. Unless the mighty sorcery of Kharnaces is defeated, he will unmake the world in his dark designs.
Starting with Caina and Callatas…
CAINA is trapped in the ruins of an ancient necromancer's tomb. Unless she escapes the lethal trap, there will be no one to stop Grand Master Callatas from unleashing the Apotheosis.
KYLON is desperate to save Caina's life. The deadly Red Huntress is coming for Caina, and only by the sacrifice of his own life can Kylon save Caina from the Huntress's blade.
Or the Red Huntress might simply kill them both.
CALLATAS is ready to call the Apotheosis and create a new humanity to replace the old.
Of course, the old humanity will have to die first...every last man, woman, and child.
And he will start with Caina Amalas.
But civil war grips the Empire, and Caina's skills are needed against the cruel sorcerers of the malevolent Umbarian Order.
And Caina has a dangerous connection to the Umbarians.
For Caina's mother had many secrets, secrets that might yet kill Caina herself...
A mysterious collector of ancient relics might have the answers she seeks.
Or Caina's bones might gather dust in his collection forever...
So when someone tries to murder a powerful magistrate under the roof of one of her allies, Caina must act.
Because if she doesn't, the killer may come for her next...