When the Emperor appointed the Shaihen, Caras ti' Leath, Governor of Qivor, Caras knew he was taking on an epic challenge. The deep and bitter feud between the merescaii and the ascaii tribes of Qivor had already defeated the Lord High Magician.
But Caras does not face the battle alone. He is armed with the heritage of Shaihen magic - Sheldo, the minstrel; Aruath, the priest; and Caras's own daughter, Alsareth.
The firstborn child of a Shaihen Holder and a Shaihen healer, Alsareth is heir to all the insights and power which set the Shaihen Magician apart' She is also a passionate young woman with an eye for a strong and dashing warrior.
When Qintal, son of the merescaii warrior chieftain, returns to Qivor seeking vengeance on the Empire of the Sacred Union and their Shaihen allies, life begins to get very complicated for Alsareth an' Caras.