Ruled by a queen without an heir, The West is under attack, while The East waits for a new generation of Dragon Riders to rise. In this divided world, no one is safe when the Nameless One is about to awaken, and it’s up to a group of unlikely heroes to save the world as they know it. Shannon has created a lush, ambitious, epic fantasy full of magic, dragons and adventure, with characters who come alive from the page. Simply outstanding!
- Recommended by Gabriela Pop, Dun Laoghaire
From the internationally bestselling author of The Bone Season, a trailblazing, epic high fantasy about a world on the brink of war with dragons - and the women who must lead the fight to save it.
A world divided.
A queendom without an heir.
An ancient enemy awakens.
The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction - but assassins are getting closer to her door.
Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she is loyal to a hidden society of mages. Ead keeps a watchful eye on Sabran, secretly protecting her with forbidden magic.
Across the dark sea, Tane has trained to be a dragonrider since she was a child, but is forced to make a choice that could see her life unravel.
Meanwhile, the divided East and West refuse to parley, and forces of chaos are rising from their sleep.