The moment is now. The prophecy is upon them.
The path to victory requires choice, courage … and sacrifice.
Having won the battle on the plain, the Guardians advance to free the occupied city, but the invading Xiantu are far from beaten. The enemies’ plans were well laid over decades. They still hold thousands of hostages – many of them children – and Xiantu magic is powerful.
Crystu, growing into her role as one of the commanders of the Guardians, fears for her Ponfour/husband, Tam. The prophesied full moon will soon rise – the day Tam’s path will lead him into ‘the webbed room’. Their God has a task for him and he has chosen duty, but what can he possibly achieve if he’s captured by the Xiantu?
Just as things seem as though they can’t get any worse, Crystu’s father, the king, makes an angry promise sealed with an unbreakable oath. There’s only one conceivable way to fulfil it – an unthinkable bargain – but what will the price be?
And who will pay it?
Contains some scenes of torture, violence, and cannibalism.