This book is one of the better Magic, the Gathering Novels. An avid player of magic, I was impressed by the way the mechanics of magic worked throughout the story, and how I recognized a few artifacts, creatures, spells, and, of course, characters. The book appears to have taken place during the time period of its predecessor, Mercadian Masques. The stars of the book are; BELBE: a kidnapped resident of Rath, brought back to Rath after a stay in Phyrexia to choose the new evincar of Rath. CROVAX: this former crew member of the Weatherlight has also been warped by the will of the planeswalker fiend Yawgmoth, and is one of the contestants for the title of Evincar. ELADAMRI: the leader of the elves in Rath, and leader of the rebellion against the stronghold who must deal with the kidnapping of his daughter while trying to overthrow the most promising future-leader of Rath, CROVAX, and a contestant for rulership of Rath, himself. GREVEN IL VEC: Volrath's right-hand man is at a loss with the disappearance of his master, and must choose which contestant for leader of Rath he will follow. ERTAI: another member of the Weatherlight, ERTAI was left behind when the rest of the Weatherlight crew traveled to Mercadia, he is the final contestant in the race for rulership of Rath. Slowly being affected by the black and red mana evironments surrounding him, ERTAI trys to stay alive and fight the dark forces invading his body. Helped by BELBE, ERTAI must find a way to destroy CROVAX without being destroyed hiself. And you'll never guess the surprize guest in this story, or, then again, maybe you will . . . if you've read Mercadian Masques.