Arielle is descended from the founder of the Areth'kon. She dreams of becoming a Mala'kar, a Bladeless Master, like her noble parents before her. An element of her past returns that may ruin her plans.
Angus has forsaken the teachings of the Magi that almost fatally failed him. He has chosen to train with his father's people at the Gates, but he is not prepared for what's to come.
Their fates intersect when their squads arrive at the Gates of Golorath to complete their final year of military training. Competing amongst themselves and the other cadets, they struggle for prominence and acceptance.
But, as Angus and Arielle are drawn closer and the tensions between their squads mount, those around them begin to fear that which was foretold long ago. Will they choose to rise as saviors, or fall as destroyers?
Beyond their realm, the enemy of their people, the shrulks, mass in the human lands. For now, the Lo'ademn, the demons imprisoned since The Fall, still slumber in their prisons. Will this unlikely band of misfits become the heroes both worlds need or aid in its annihilation?
RIDMARK ARBAN was once a Swordbearer, a knight of renown. Now he is a branded outcast, stripped of his sword, and despised as a traitor.
But he alone sees the danger to come, and undertakes the dangerous quest to stop the return of the Frostborn.