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Hardcover release: November 8 2016
"Love The Wheel of Time? This is about to become your new favorite series." - Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog

"...complex magic, terrifying threats out of legend, political intrigue, and a large cast of characters whose motivations are seldom clear. Fans of doorstop epic fantasy will not be disappointed." - Publishers Weekly

"Ingeniously plotted... Islington's natural storytelling ability provides incessant plot twists and maintains a relentless pace... a promising page-turner from a poised newcomer." - Kirkus

"Storytelling assurance rare for a debut... fans of Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson will find much to admire." - The Guardian

"...will appeal not only to The Wheel of Time readers, but to anybody looking for a coming-of-age fantasy tale with likeable characters and strong worldbuilding." - Fantasy Faction


It has been twenty years since the god-like Augurs were overthrown and killed. Now, those who once served them - the Gifted - are spared only because they have accepted the rebellion's Four Tenets, vastly limiting their powers.

As a Gifted, Davian suffers the consequences of a war lost before he was even born. He and others like him are despised. But when Davian discovers he wields the forbidden power of the Augurs, he sets into motion a chain of events that will change everything.

To the west, a young man whose fate is intertwined with Davian's wakes up in the forest, covered in blood and with no memory of who he is...

And in the far north, an ancient enemy long thought defeated begins to stir.