The apocalyptic struggle against the conquering Mein has ended and a victorious Corinn Akaran reigns over the Acacian Empire of the Known World. And, bolstered by her growing mastery of the sorcerous powers contained in the Song of Elenet, she rules with an iron hand.
But rebuilding a war-weary empire is not easy. Disturbing news reaches the Acacian court from the mysterious Other Lands and Corinn dispatches her brother, Dariel, across the uncharted seas of the Gray Slopes as her emissary. From the moment he sets foot on that distant continent, this former brigand is caught up in a web of ancient rivalries, resentments, intrigue and burgeoning treachery. His arrival ignites a firestorm that threatens the Known World with invasion once more - an invasion that will surely dwarf anything his homeland has yet faced.
So the wheel turns again, and a new cycle of world-shattering and -shaping events begins . . .
In this dazzling sequel to Acacia: The War with the Mein, David Anthony Durham's singular imaginative vision continues to expand the Known World and confirms his place as a new master of epic fantasy.