Synopses & Reviews
Journeys! Intrigues! Sword fights! Young persons having adventures! Beloved older characters having adventures too! Quests! Battles! Romance! Snappy dialogue! Extravagant food! And
the missing heir to the Imperial Throne!
It's an old-fashioned adventure—moving at a twenty-first-century pace.
The Interregnum is over. To everyone's astonishment, Zerika, a very young Phoenix, has coolly emerged from the Paths of the Dead, carrying with her the Orb, which everyone had thought was lost in Adrons Disaster. The Orb is the heart of the Dragaeran Empire, the source of all its magic—and the infallible sign that Zerika is the new Empress.
But not everyone is happy to hear the news. It's been 250 years since Adrons Disaster, and power vacuums never stay vacuums for long.…
Back in print: the second part of the swashbuckling epic begun in The Paths of the Dead
About the Author
STEVEN BRUST is the author of Dragon, Issola, the New York Times bestsellers Dzur and Tiassa, and many other novels of swashbuckling high fantasy. He lives in Minneapolis.