A year on from Julia Morton’s arrival at Fortress Athione, an uneasy truce is being maintained between Deva and her enemies, but the Protectorate never rests.
Believing himself destined to rule, Lord Mortain unleashes General Navarien upon the north in an effort to bypass Julia’s guardianship of Deva’s western borders.
Meanwhile, having rallied the scattered forces of a dead traitor behind him, Rowton of Ascol moves ahead with his plans by murdering the King.
With the King dead, and the lords vying for his throne, Julia tries to ensure the right man is chosen for the job. When things go wrong, she resorts to force, but sorcerers won’t be pushed, and soon the lightning bolts fly again over Deva.
About the Author
Mark E. Cooper lives alone in a small town in the south of England, where he writes most mornings and evenings, and cares for his pets in between. His background is in mechanical engineering where he spent over thirty years working for Ford, while writing stories for fun in his spare time. He loves reading about strong female characters and can often be found laughing to himself as he listens to a book on his iPod. His hobbies include driving his cobra--a V12 monster he built with his best friend--reading fantasy and sci-fi, and maintaining his blog at http://www.impulsebooks.co.uk/markcooper.html Retired from Ford, he is now the author of more than eight titles in the genres he loves to read.