By Sara DouglassEpic myth within the culture of Trudi Canavan, Fiona McIntosh and Robert Jordan. 1000 years in the past, the folk of Achar drove the Forbidden from their lands. yet now the northern tribes of the Ravensbund are fleeing south back, with nightmarish stories of creatures who feed upon the phobia in their prey. iciness has come early, and with it the promise of conflict. Axis, bastard son of the lifeless Princess Rivkah, is distributed north to the battlefront at Gorkenfort along with his elite Axe-Wielders. as soon as there, he needs to quit command to his hated half-brother, Borneheld, Duke of Ichar and inheritor to the throne. yet through the lengthy trip Axis falls in love with Faraday - Borneheld's betrothed - and reveals himself reassessing the very essence of his ideals. With the destiny of the area striking within the stability, Axis needs to unite the feuding lands less than one banner earlier than it's too past due and the evil emerging within the north engulfs all of them for solid.