Although this book opens seventeen years after Beyond the Summerland, the author manages to naturally weave in an outline of the interlude. For seven years Aljeron has led the men of Shalin Bel against the city of Fel Edorath in hopes of bringing Rulalin to justice. But unforeseen events reverse the tables. Malek, about to launch his third and final attack on Kirthanin, offers Rulalin a position in his army. Will Rulalin abandon his beliefs and accept?Meanwhile, Valzaan rides to Ammon Sul with shocking news. How will Wylla react when she learns her son, like his father, has been appointed a prophet? Can she let him go into the face of danger with no certainty of surviving?The conclusion follows its predecessor in hitting readers with an unforeseen ending. I was shocked, yet couldnt resist opening the next one. These books have a way of gripping you even as you cant stand some of the plot twists. In a way, thats part of their power.
The whole idea of these books are very well thought up. Graham takes you through each characters story so the reader can feel the emotion themselves and not just read about it. I only gave it 3 and a half stars because the second one is wayyy to slow paced for me. For more than half the book not a lot is going on. I think he could have developed the story in a much more exciting way.
This book is right up there with the first one. And I was very, very, very disappointed when I heard that the next one wasn't going to come out for a while. I recommended this book and the first one to everyone (including guys, it's not all about a girl) who likes to read.