Book II of The Book Of Words. At Castle Harvell, demented Prince Kylock grabs the reins of his power and hate by murdering his father. Harvell’s two young refugees are torn apart by the storms of war: headstrong Melliandra is captured by brutal slavers and Jack, whose wild power works miracles, falls prey to a smuggler’s lying charms and a woman’s seductive schemes. Meanwhile a knight’s shattered destiny is about to lead from death-sport pits to the blood-strewn creation of an empire.