A young wizard is missing "on ordeal" (his solo trial assignment, to see if he's up to the job). Missing, but not dead. Or even, not missing - his body seems to be walking around just fine. Veteran wizard Kit (plus his dog Ponch) is called in to make some sense of this confusing situation. Meanwhile, his partner and co-wizard, Nita - off active duty due to emotional pain - has been contacted by a a strange and alien entity in her dreams... I've followed this series since I was a child, and even though I am no longer a child they remain some of my favourite books. This is, in my opinion, the best yet since the first two in the timeline following Nita, Kit, and family. It is certainly emotionally hard-hitting but it doesn't have to lean on the emotion to drive the plot, unlike its predecessor.