The wars began when two half-brothers, gifted of light and shadow, stood shoulder to shoulder to defeat the Mistwraith. In defeat, their foe set its captors at odds, bestowing upon them a lifelong curse of enmity that has so far woven three bitter conflicts and uncounted deadly intrigues.
It is a time of intrigue, fanaticism and rampaging armies. Distrust of sorcery has set off a purge of the talented mageborn - none reviled more than Arithon, Master of Shadow. Through clever manipulation of events at the hands of Lysaer, Master of Light, Arithon's very name has become anathema. Now the volatile hatreds that spearheaded the campaign against Shadow have overtaken all reason.
Those that still stand in Arithon's desperate defence are downtrodden, in retreat and close to defeat. The stage is set for ultimate betrayal . . .