The cataclysm began more than a century earlier, when the King of Ayr died before naming an heir to the throne, and damned his realm to chaos. The cold-blooded conspiracies of the Renne and the Wills-each family desirous of the prize of rule-would sunder the one kingdom, and spawn generations of hatred and discord. Now Toren Renne, leader of his great and troubled house, dreams of peace-a valiant desire that has spawned hostility among his kinsmen,...
Embarking on a mission to destroy a French frigate and gather intelligence during the height of the French Revolution, Charles Hayden of the HMS Themis discovers plans for an invasion of England before being captured by a French squadron.
Treachery and deceit run rampant throughout a devastated land, spawning dark alliances in the terrible war ignited by the enmity of two families. But unbeknownst to all, there are others who truly control the beleaguered kingdom's destiny-combatants emerging from eons of restless sleep to renew the bloody terror of a battle older than time.
The savage war between two mighty families has ravaged the kingdom both wish to rule-spawning treachery within the ranks of the Renné and Wills, drawing the brave, the innocent, and the malevolent alike into the bloody conflict. But a far more terrible consequence has arisen from the carnage-for Death himself has been roused from his dread domain . . . and is preparing to walk the world again.