The king is dead, yet the evil Serpent magic he loosed still threatens the very foundations of the world. The remaining Knights of the Rose strive to repair the damage done to the land and its people, souls unmoored from their bodies, swirling patches of cold evil that swallow any who pass through.
Averil must be crowned as true Queen of Lys before true healing can begin. Yet there are still renegade sorcerers who embrace the darkness of Serpent magic, whose only aim is to clear the way for Chaos to take over the world and allow Serpent itself to harvest the souls of all living things.
If Averil and the Knights of the Rose can find safe passage to Lutece, the Archbishop can crown her as rightful ruler. But, as queen, will she be forever kept away from her true love and partner in uncharted Wild magic, Gereint, a Knight and a commoner? Can she trust each of her companions on the dangerous journey? Will the last Paladin of the Rose appear to save Lys alongside her, or will the Betrayer strike him down again and bring the Serpent up into the world after a thousand years of imprisonment?
The final volume of this striking fantasy trilogy moves swiftly, as events and intentions in the conflict between the Rose and the Serpent hasten toward an unforgettable conclusion.
Recommended by: Katy Manck, Librarian-at-Large (retired academic/corporate/school librarian), Gilmer, Texas, USA