Talia, former runaway and now a trainee Herald, is chosen by the Companion Rolan, a mystical and horse-like powerful being for the Queen’s elite Guard.  For Talia has certain mind-talents that Rolan can sense.  But as Talia struggles to master her unqiue abilities, a conspiracy is brewing  in Valdemar that could destroy the Queen and the Kingdom.  Diabolical magic and treachery abound as the pregnant Queen turns to her Heralds for the protection of the realm. Cover art by Jody Lee.