Continuing the story begun in the first Spellsong trilogy, THE SHADOW SORCERESS focuses on the challenges facing Secca, now a young sorceress. When her mentor, Anna, the legendary Sorceress Protector of Defalk and the heroine of the original trilogy, dies unexpectedly before Secca's training is complete, Secca is thrust into a position of power and responsibility that requires her to take command of all her magical resources. The sieging Sea Priests bring with them a new kind of drumming magic that threatens the balance of power in the world, and Secca must rally allies to prevent danger and destruction not imagined for decades. Secca learns to fight battles with sorcerous skills she has never used before, while leading an army for the first time. At the same time, Secca discovers an unexpected chance for love and companionship in a turbulent world ...Look out for more information on this book and others on the Orbit website at www.orbitbooks.co.uk--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.