Book I of the Serpentwar Saga. Something dark is moving in distant nations and ancient powers are readying themselves for a final confrontation.  A Dark Queen has raised a standard in remote lands and is gathering armies of unmatched might.  Enter a band of desperate men whose only hope for survival is to face this ancient power and discover its true nature – a dangerous and suicidal quest.   With these men travels the mysterious Miranda on whom all must wager their lives.  She appears to be an ally but knows much more than she is willing to tell.  Does she have a hidden agenda?  Will she prove be an ally in the final confrontation? Cover art by Geoff Taylor.