The Story so Far

This is the ‘Story so Far’ section. It is designed as a quick, high-level refresher of the events in The Fall, Of Blood and Fire, Of Darkness and Light, and The Exile rather than a full synopsis. As such, I will gloss over many important occurrences and characters during this recap, and some – in a few cases – are not mentioned at all. In each case I will try to catch you up on the events and characters that are the most important to the next book in the series. 

This refresher will contain spoilers.


Every four hundred years, since the dawn of time, the Blood Moon – a time when the veil between gods and mortals is at its thinnest – casts its light over the world. But when the Blood Moon rose, in the year two-six-eight-two After Doom, everything changed.

It was on this night that The Order was betrayed by those who had sworn to protect it, and their fortress city of Ilnaenwas laid siege by the forces of Fane Mortem – a mage of immense power.

Upon discovering the betrayal, Alvira Serris, the Archon of the Draleid – warriors who were soulbound to great dragons – attempted to ensure the safety of The Order’s council. But Alvira arrived in the council chamber to discover that her closest friend, and First Sword of the Draleid, Eltoar Daethana, had aligned himself with the traitors. In the ensuing battle, Eltoar, with the aid of two Fades – dark servants of the traitor god, Efialtír – and his dragon, Helios, slew Alvira and the dragon to which she was bound.

Feeling the sickly Taint of blood magic radiating from the city of Ilnaen, the Knights of Achyron – a pious order of knights sworn to the warrior god, Achyron – travelled through the Rift to drive back the forces of the Shadow. But they were too late. The city was already lost, the Archon was dead, and The Order had fallen. Only seventeen knights survived the battle of Ilnaen, and the Knights of Achyron returned to their temple, broken and shattered.

Amidst the raging battle, Coren Valmar – an apprentice Draleid – and her dragon, Aldryn, fought for their lives against those they had once called brothers and sisters. Under instructions from her master, Coren and two other Draleid, Dylainand Farwen, raced to Ilnaen’s western hatchery to secure the dragon eggs held within. But she, too, was too late. Dylain’s dragon, Soria, was slain in the fighting while Coren and Farwen were lucky to escape the tower with their lives.

While walking through the wreckage of the western hatchery, Eltoar Daethana discovered the Uraks had betrayed their word and had destroyed the dragon eggs that rested within the tower. Seeing this enraged Eltoar. When he stumbled upon Dylain fighting for his life against a group of Uraks, Eltoar slaughtered the beasts, utilising the dark power of blood magic to do so. However, once Dylain discovered Eltoar’s betrayal of The Order and denounced him, Eltoar slew Dylain in a fit of rage. Struggling to come to terms with his betrayal of those closest to him, Eltoar watched as Fane Mortemtook advantage of the thin veil between worlds and, emboldened by the powers given to him by Efialtír, ripped the continent of Epheria in half.


In the aftermath of The Fall, Brother-Captain Kallinvar and his knights find the last Sigil Bearer. A young man, close to death, who is to take the last remaining Sigil of Achyron and finally restore the Knights of Achyron to their full strength.


Four hundred years after the events of The Fall, where Fane Mortem now rules the Lorian Empire, and holds dominion over the High Lords of the South. After the events in The Fall, the continent of Epheria is split in two, divided along the centre by both the Darkwood and The Burnt Lands. Only nine Draleid have survived the centuries since The Fall, but they now support the empire, and have taken on the name Dragonguard.

Our story begins in The Glade, one of seven villages that lie at the very edge of the province of Illyanara, in Epheria.

On the cusp of his eighteenth summer, Calen Bryer will soon take part in The Proving – a trial of courage and skill that not at all survive. But as he waits, he struggles to come to terms with the death of his brother, Haem. Haem was killed two years prior, when he led the town guard in chase of Uraks – monstrous creatures, with grey and brown skin, heavy muscles, and a thirst for blood – who had attacked The Glade.

While Calen is preparing for The Proving, his sister, Ella, is preparing to leave The Glade entirely. Secretly, Ella is in love with a young man named Rhett Fjorn – Haem’s best friend, and the man that her father, Vars, blames for Haem’s death.

When time for The Proving finally comes, Calen, along with his friends Dann Pimm and Rist Havel, enter Olm Forest together. While in Olm Forest, Calen, Rist, and Dann face many obstacles. On the first night, they are attacked by a bear, which they successfully kill and skin, to bring back the pelt. However, on the second night, the trio are set upon by another group – Fritz Netly, Denet Hildom, and Kurtis Swett. While attempting to steal the bear pelt, Fritz injures Rist with an arrow, and drives Calen, Rist, and Dann further into Olm Forest.

With Rist injured, and the group exhausted, the journey back through Olm Forest is a long and slow one. On the way back, Rist, Calen, and Dann cross paths with two Uraks. In the ensuing battle, the boys manage to slay the beasts, more from luck than skill. It is here that Rist has the first inkling of his ability to touch the Spark – the source of magic in the world – but he keeps it quiet, afraid of what the others might say.

Upon arriving back at The Glade with the head of an Urak, the group faces an inquest, led by one of the village elders, Erdhardt Hammersmith. After the inquest, Calen, Dann, and Rist are declared victors of The Hunt, and Calen dances with the girl he pines after, Anya Gritten, while listening to music from a Narvonan bard called Belina Louna.

A few days after the celebrations, Calen’s father gifts him an elven sword that he himself was given a long time ago. After receiving the sword, Calen went with Dann and Rist to the nearby town of Milltown to deliver a shipment of weapons and armour for Vars, and to spend some of their winnings.

While in Milltown, Calen purchases a silk scarf for his mother before meeting back up with Rist and Dann at The Two Barges inn. At the two barges, Calen and Dann play a game of axe throwing with a group of men from DrifaienAlleron, Baird, Kettil, Leif, Fell, Audun, and Destin. While playing axes, Calen is approached by a young man named Erik. After showing immense skill at the game, Erik unceremoniously leaves. Seeing that Erik left his mantle behind, Calen went after him to return it.

Outside the inn, Calen, Erik, and Erik’s father and brother – Aeson and Dahlen – have a violent encounter with empire soldiers, which results in Calen killing a man for the first time. Calen, Dann, Rist, Erik, Aeson, and Dahlen flee into Olm Forest.

Meanwhile, back in The Glade, unaware of what has happened, Ella and Rhett finally set off on their journey to Berona, leaving only letters behind.

In Olm Forest, the group are saved from an Urak attack by Asius, a Jotnar – or giant – with pale blue skin, and a natural affinity for the Spark. Later that night, camped in Olm Forest, Calen hears a voice calling to him from within a satchel that is in Aeson’s possession, whispering the words ‘Draleid’ and ‘n’aldryr’.

With the knowledge that the empire might continue looking for them, and could potentially threaten their families, Calen, Dann, and Rist sneak off in the night and ride back to The Glade.

Unbeknownst to Calen, Aeson is aware of the voice Calen heard, and believes him to be the first free Draleid since The Order fell. With this knowledge, Aeson sends Asius and the other Jotnar to deliver messages to their Allies in preparation for war against the empire. Then, Aeson, Dahlen, Erik and Therin – an elf, thought by Calen to only be a bard, but in truth is a lot more – ride after Calen, Rist, and Dann.

Now back in The Glade, Calen, Rist, and Dann separate to go and seek out their own families. Calen finds that his parents are being questioned by imperial soldiers. He recognises two of the soldiers from the fight outside The Two Barges – a man in a red cloak, Inquisitor Rendall, and a man in a black cloak, Farda Kyrana. In the altercation that follows, Rendall kills Calen’s father, and Farda kills Calen’s mother. It is only by Aeson, Erik, Dahlen, and Therin’s intervention that Calen escapes.

After escaping back into Olm Forest, Calen confronts Aeson as to why the empire is chasing them. Aeson reveals that within his satchel is a dragon egg. This revelation changes everything, as not a single Epherian dragon egg has hatched in the four centuries since The Fall. But the egg that Aeson has in his possession is not an Epherian dragon egg; it is a dragon egg from the northern icelands of Valacia. Believing his entire family dead, including Ella, and the empire chasing him, Calen agrees to go with Aeson and the others to Belduar – a city of legend that has defied the empire for centuries. Unwilling to let their friend go alone, Dann and Rist also join the group.

In the city of Camylin, Aeson meets an acquaintance and arranges for letters to be sent across the continent to his allies, informing them that he has found the Draleid that will be bound to the dragon within the egg, and readying them for the rebellion to come. That night, the group are attacked by empire soldiers and chased through the streets of Camylin. During the attack, Rist and Dahlen are separated from the rest of the group and are subsequently attacked by a Fade, who takes Rist captive and leaves Dahlen unconscious.

Meanwhile, Ella and Rhett have also arrived in the city of Camylin, only just missing Calen and the others. It is here that Rhett receives a letter from his uncle, Tanner Fjorn. In the letter, Tanner tells Rhett that he has purchased a ticket for both Rhett and Ella to travel north, from the port of Gisa. Due to Epheria being split by The Burnt Lands and the Darkwood, almost all travel between the North and South is done by ship. There are only two ports in the South that make this journey, Gisa and Falstide. As Rhett and Ella could never have afforded a ticket for the relatively safe journey from Gisa to Antiquar, they had initially intended to travel the breadth of Illyanara and sail along the Lightning Coast from Falstide to Bromis.

When Dahlen re-joins the group in the woods outside Camylin, Calen blames him for Rist’s capture, and a split forms between the two young men. That night, the dragon egg hatches for Calen, revealing a small white-scaled dragon, whose consciousness and soul are indelibly intertwined to Calen’s.

Back in The Glade, Farda Kyrana learns of Ella’s existence from Fritz Netly, despite Inquistor Rendall insisting that Calen’s entire family was dead. Farda sends soldiers to both Gisa and Falstide, in search of Ella, and also sends Fritz along with the soldiers to Falstide.

When Calen and the others reach the city of Midhaven, they learn that the empire has set up a blockade around the city of Belduar, which forces them to change their plans and instead, travel through a mountain pass at the edge of the Darkwood. On the way, Calen learns that due to his connection with the dragon, he has the ability to touch the Spark. This is also when he learns his first words of the Old Tongue and decides on the dragon’s name: Valerys – Ice.

When in the Darkwood, the group are set upon by Uraks. During the fight, Calen draws heavily from the Spark and almost kills himself, but is saved by Therin and the group are rescued by a patrol of Elven rangers. After the rescue, the Elven captain, Thalanil, fails to convince Aeson to seek refuge in the elven city of Aravell – a secret city at the heart of the Darkwood that has been hidden from the world since The Fall. Instead, five elven rangers – Ellisar, Gaeleron, Vaeril,Alea, and Lyrei – swear oaths to protect Calen with their lives.

On the journey through the mountain pass, Therin reveals to Calen that Aeson was once a Draleid and that his dragon Lyara was hunted down and killed by the empire. With Lyara’s death, Aeson is now known as Rakina – ‘one who is broken’, or to the elves, ‘one who survived.’

While Calen and his group travel along the mountain pass, Ella and Rhett are stopped by empire soldiers along the merchant’s road to Gisa. When the soldiers learn Ella’s name, a fight breaks out and Rhett is killed. Ella only survives when Faenir – the wolfpine that her family raised – appears and kills the last two soldiers.

In the mountain pass, exhausted from the constant training he is being put through by Aeson and Therin, Calen is visited by the Fade, who discovers that the dragon egg has now hatched. With the knowledge that the Fade now knows the egg has hatched, Aeson pushes the group even harder to reach Belduar.

Thousands of miles away, in the embassy for the Circle of Magii in Al’Nasla, Rist awakens in a room to be greeted by a mysterious man by the name of Brother Garramon, who proceeds to tell Rist that he is in fact a fledgeling mage, and has the power to touch the Spark.

Upon arriving at Belduar, Calen and his group are greeted by King Arthur Bryne and his close friend and advisor, Lord Ihvon Arnell. Soon, Calen, along with Asius, Arthur, and Aeson, is brought to the Durakdur – one of the four kingdoms of the Dwarven Freehold – to speak to the dwarven rulers – Queen Kira of Durakdur, Queen Elenya of Ozryn, King Hoffnar of Volkur, and Queen Pulroan of Azmar. Calen, Asius, Aeson, and Arthur journey through an intricate tunnel network to Durakdur on a dwarven machine known as a Wind Runner, that is piloted by a skilled navigator called of Falmin Tain.

After the meeting with the dwarven rulers – which ended in a heated shouting match between Calen and Queen Kira – assassins attack Durakdur, and attempt to kill Calen, Aeson, Asius, and the dwarven rulers. When the attack is thwarted, Calen, Asius, and Aeson race to Belduar to ensure the safety of Arthur Bryne. Before they board the Wind Runner, Queen Kira arrives with a small army of her Queensguard and travels with Calen and the others to Belduar.

While Calen and the others journey through the mountain, Ihvon Arnell opens the entrance to the mountain pass and allows the Fade into the city of Belduar, along with a force of imperial soldiers. Upon realising that the Fade had used the memories of his dead wife and child to manipulate him, Ihvon has a change of heart and realises that he has made a terrible decision and sounds the city bells to warn of the attack.

By the time Calen and the others arrive in Belduar, the city is already under attack. Many of the Bolt Throwers – enormous crossbows that have long protected Belduar from the Dragonguard – are in flames and the streets are flooded with imperial soldiers. They fight their way through the city, finding Ellisar, Dann, and Therin, along the way.

When they finally reach the great hall, they find that the Fade has killed Arthur and holds Arthur’s son, Daymon, captive. In the fight that ensues, Ellisar is killed and Dann is badly wounded, before Valerys finds his fire and burns the Fade from the world. In the aftermath of the battle, Daymon is crowned king of Belduar.

However, the victory is short lived as Tarmon Hoard – the new Lord Captain of the Kingsguard – informs Daymon that the imperial forces that had been holding the blockade are now marching towards Belduar, and the Dragonguard are with them.

In the city of Gisa, Ella and another survivor of the attack on the merchant’s road, Shirea, mourn over those they lost, finally deciding to continue on to the North using the two tickets that Tanner had purchased for Rhett and Ella. After initially running into trouble bringing Faenir aboard the ship at Gisa, Ella is helped by an unknown stranger – Farda.


Five days after Daymon’s coronation, the imperial forces laid siege to the city of Belduar. All four Kingdoms of the Dwarven Freehold fight alongside the Belduarans, after Kira had come to Belduar’s aid when the Fade attacked. Calenfights on the city’s walls alongside his companions, but during the chaos, he gets separated from all but Erik and Valerys.

Three of the Dragonguard appear and, with many of the Bolt Throwers destroyed by the Fade’s attack five days prior, tear the city apart with fire and fury.

Calen, Erik, and Valerys fight their way through the Lorian soldiers to find aid in the form of King Daymon, Lord Ihvon Arnell, and Lord-Captain Tarmon Hoard. They try to mount a defence but the Dragonguard are too powerful. With the city lost, Tarmon tries to convince Daymon to sound a retreat through the Wind Tunnels, but Daymon is furious at the suggestion of retreat. It takes both Calen and Tarmon to convince Daymon that he needs to sound the retreat to save the lives of his people.

Calen stays back on a Wind Runner platform and covers Tarmon and the Kingsguards’ retreat once the last of the last of the Belduarans have retreated down the tunnels. He finds Vaeril – one of the elves that swore an oath to protect him.

When the Kingsguard retreat, and the Lorians flood into the courtyard after them, Calen leaps from the platform to aid the retreat. Vaeril joins him and the pair attempt to bring down the entrances to the courtyard using the Spark. Vaeril destroys three of the entrances, while Calen almost burns himself out attempting to do the same. He brings down two entrances, but Lorians flood through the third. As Vaeril helps Calen back to the Wind Runner, Valerys soared through the courtyard and poured fire over the Lorians.

When they get to the Wind Runner, they find that the Falmin Tain is the navigator. In the scramble to board, Tarmon takes an arrow through his lower abdomen. Calen and the others drag him aboard and Falmin pilots the Wind Runner into the tunnel. While Vaeril heals Tarmon, Calen discovers Falmin has also been struck by an arrow. Weak from battle, Calen assumes control of the Wind Runner. The Wind Runner crashes in the depths of the mountain.

Meanwhile, Ella, Faenir, Shirea, and Farda sail for Antiquar. Ella tells Farda her name is Ella Fjorn, and Farda draws connections to Rhett’s uncle Tanner Fjorn, who is revealed to be the High Captain of the Beronan Guard. Ella spends time with Shirea, who is suffering badly from seasickness, but also with the loss of her partner – John.

Hours later, Farda strolls the deck of the ship at night and finds Shirea. He has already decided he needs to ‘deal’ with her. A flip of his coin makes up his mind, and he snaps Shirea’s neck and dumps her into the ocean.

In the tunnels below Lodhar, Calen and the others awake after the crash to find the Wind Runner is destroyed and many Kingsguard and dwarves are dead. Tarmon, Vaeril, Erik, Valerys, and Falmin have all survived along with sixty-two other dwarves and humans. Vaeril heals Falmin’s wounds and they set about planning how they are going to find a way through the tunnels and back to Durakdur. It is here that Calen notices the others are looking to him to make the decisions as he is now ‘the Draleid’.

As they walk through the tunnels, Vaeril tells Calen the reason the elves of Aravell – the Darkwood – have disavowed Therin is because he refused to choose sides during ‘the Breaking’ where the elves of Lynalion abandoned the rest of the continent. Therin refused to pick a side as his duty was to all elves, but the elves of Aravell saw this as cowardice. After some time searching, Calen and the others discover the ruins of a lost dwarven city known as Vindakur.

In the rubble of Belduar, Inquisitor Rendall finds a one-handed elf amongst the ruins and orders the elf brought to his tent for interrogation. Above the city, Eltoar Daethana and Helios land beside the Dragonguard command tent where they meet Eltoar’s two companions, Lyina and Pellenor, along with the dragon to which Lyina is bound, Karakes. They talk of the other Dragonguard. Jormun, Ilkya, and Voranur all remain in Epheria. Erdin and Luka left the continent years ago, and Tivar hasn’t left Dracaldryr in nearly a century. Eltoar sets Pellenor to watch Rendall.

In Durakdur, Daymon vehemently urges the Dwarven rulers to help him retake Belduar, but they deny him. Too many have already died, and they collapsed the Wind Tunnels after the retreat. Instead, they offer the Belduarans refuge. Daymon is furious. Aeson informs the rulers of his plan to search the tunnels for any signs of Erik, Calen, and the others. Asius goes in search of clan Fenryr of the Angan – a race of shapeshifters – to aid in finding Calen and the others. Therin tells Asius that if he has trouble with clan Fenryr that he is to tell them ‘the son of the Chainbreaker is lost, and he needs them.’

Later that night, Ihvon foils an attempt on Daymon’s life after Dahlen alerts them to a shady man he’d seen in the courtyard. The assassin reveals he was sent by the dwarven queen Elenya. The next day, as Dahlen is waiting for Aeson so they can start the search, Alea and Lyrei – two elves who swore to protect Calen, tell Dann that Vaeril and Gaeleron never made it to Belduar either. Aeson arrives with fifty dwarves in tow, along with a dwarven guide named Nimara. Aeson tells Dahlen that he cannot join, as, in light of the attempt on Daymon’s life, Aeson needs him to watch over the young king.

In the palace of Al’Nasla, Rist, and three sponsored apprentices of the Circle of MagiiNeera, Lena, and Tommin – are being instructed in histories by High Scholar Pirnil. Rist is punished by Pirnil for losing his focus. After his lessons, Rist goes to meet his sponsor, Brother Garramon. Garramon gives Rist a letter from his parents but tells Rist he hasn’t received a response from the letters sent to Calen and Dann in Belduar. Garramon reveals Belduar has been defeated, and that a newfound rebel Draleid is causing havoc. Rist is careful with his questions, aware that he is no longer in The Glade. Garramon grants Rist his brown apprentice robes, which are adorned with a black stripe – the colour of the Battlemages.

In the Temple of Achyron, Brother-Captain Kallinvar watches the knights of his chapter practice in the sparring pits. Brother Lyrin, who had been sent to Camylin to build connections, returns in time to spar with Kallinvar. After the sparring, Grandmaster Verathin visits Kallinvar and informs him that the first dragon has hatched since The Fall. They agree that if the Draleid and the dragon hatchling aren’t loyal to the empire, they need to be protected.

Lyrin and another knight, Brother Arden – who was only granted the Sigil of Achyron two years ago – visit the Tranquil Gardento recuperate in the Waters of Life after the sparring. While there, Verathin along with Watcher Gildrick inform the pair that they are needed to combat a convergence of the Taint.

Arden and Lyrin travel through the Rift to a town called Helden. Here they battle against a horde of Uraks that are attacking the town. Arden faces a Bloodmarked Urak, which comes very close to killing him before he is saved by Lyrin.

In the north, Ella’s ship approaches Antiquar, and Farda tells her that a deckhand saw Shirea throw herself overboard the night before.

Below the mountains of Lodhar, Calen and his group of survivors move through the ruins of Vindakur in search of a Wind Tunnel that might lead them back to Durakdur. Amidst signs of a past battle, Calen sees a building with the symbol of the order engraved above the door. Valerys senses something inside the building and swoops through the broken roof to find a chest of shattered dragon eggs. In the same room as the shattered eggs, Calen finds a pendant and a letter written by Alvira Serris. After Calen finishes reading the letter, he and the other survivors are set upon by a swarm of kerathlin – spider-like creatures with chitinous bodies – that had turned the city into their nest. The kerathlin tear through the survivors, killing humans and dwarves alike. The group run towards an island of rock in the centre of the city, connected to the streets by several bridges. They make it to the island and Calen collapses one of the bridges, buying them time. They take a tunnel into a chamber at the centre of the island where they find a Portal Heart. As Falmin tries to activate the portal, the others ready themselves to face the kerathlin that are swarming down the tunnels into the chamber. Falmin uses Korik’s hand to active the portal and they escape, but many of the surviving dwarves and soldiers are killed.

On the other side of the portal, the group wander through tunnels in search of a way out. The sound of kerathlin causes Valerys to panic, and he almost brings the tunnel down until Calen calms him. In the aftermath, Calen finds a way out of the tunnels. They emerge onto a snowy mountain to find they are now in Drifaien with an old friend, Alleron, who Calen met in the Two Barges. Alleron provides the group refuge and reveals he is the son of Drifaein’s High Lord, Lothal Helmund.


In Valtara, Dayne Ateres returns home after twelve years in exile. The Steward of House Ateres, Marlin Arkon, brings Dayne to see his brother, Baren, who is now head of House Ateres. Initially overjoyed, Baren grows furious when Dayne shows him a letter from Aeson Virandr. Later, Baren betrays Dayne to the empire, and Dayne only escapes with the help of his sister, Alina. Alina takes Dayne to the hidden fortress of Stormshold, built inside the island that once held the city of Stormwatch – where Dayne had once watched his parents die.

In Stormshold, Dayne sees Valtarans of all the Major Houses – Ateres, Deringal, Thebal, Herak, Vakira, and Koraklon – all working together in opposition to the empire. Alina tells Dayne that while he was gone Baren had her partner, Kal, killed, and also agreed to having her newborn son taken and inducted into the Lorian army – as the Lorians did what all Valtaran firstborns. Alina agrees with Aeson’s request to start a rebellion, but is still furious.

In Antiquar, Ella discovers that Shirea’s body was found with her neck snapped. She and Faenir agree to travel with Farda to Berona. Far north, in the Beronan dungeons, Inquisitor Rendall takes his new initiate, Fritz Netly, to aid in the interrogation of the one-handed elf they found in the rubble of Belduar, while Pellenor secretly watches them.

Tempers fray in the tunnels of Lodhar as Aeson, Dann, and the others reach a dead end in their search for Calen and Erik, and are forced to turn back.

In Durakdur, Dahlen spars with Ihvon while Daymon has a private meeting with Queen Pulroan. Later, Ihvon takes Dahlen to the refugee quarters of Durakdur, where the Belduaran refugees are being housed within the city. The people are hungry and living in squalor. Dahlen experiences a traumatic episode at the sight of all the injured, and he helps distribute the sparse food.

Resting in the town of Katta, Calen has a vivid, almost real, dream that he experiences in tandem with Valerys. Vaeril teaches Calen of the Spark and a sword movement called ‘fellensír’. Calen convinces the others they should travel with Alleron to Arisfall, where he can arrange a ship to take them back to Durakdur.

In Al’Nasla, Rist bonds with the other apprentices while reading as many books as he can find, and Neera tells him of the goings on in the South.

On their way to Berona, Ella, Faenir, and Farda find themselves in a town attacked by Uraks. Farda saves Ella’s life, and she and Faenir return the favour. Ella learns Farda is a mage and an Imperial Justicar.

Rist trains with Garramon in Al’Nasla and sees the scars the man has on his back from his own apprenticeship. After training, Rist takes a forbidden trip into the city with Neera. While there, Rist sees an Alamant. Rist and Neera sit on the docks, talking of their past, and eventually share a kiss.

Back in Durakdur, Ihvon and Dahlen debate who is behind the assassination attempt and Ihvon introduces Dahlen to Belina Louna, who is to help them investigate the attempt on Daymon’s life and unravel the web of plots taking hold of Durakdur.

After being left under watch in Stormshold by Alina, Dayne finds that the women he has always loved, Mera Vardas, is now a wyvern rider. That night Dayne climbs to the Rest of Mera’s wyvern, Audin, and there he learns Alina is gone to Skyfell to start the war against the empire and to kill Baren for what he has done.

Trekking through the snow in Drifaien, Calen and his group are attacked by wyrms. Valerys displays his incredible destructive powers by ripping the wyrms to pieces, but not before many are killed. One of the surviving dwarves, Lopir, loses an eye.

In the Temple of Achyron, the knights debate over their next steps. Arden suggests reaching out to find allies and is ridiculed by the captains as the knights, historically, do not become involved in the politics of the continent. Kallinvar explains the history of the knighthood to Arden and Lyrin. The knights rush to intervene when Uraks attack Calen’s home in The Glade. They manage to thwart the Urak attack, but not before the village is destroyed and many of its inhabitants killed, including Erdhardt Hammersmith’s wife, Aela. After the battle, Kallinvar comforts Arden, who seems particularly traumatised by the scenes.

Dann, Aeson, and Therin finally arrive back in Durakdur having failed to find Calen and Erik. While in Durakdur, Dahlen tells Aeson that he suspects deeper machinations within the dwarven city. When trying to arrange another expedition to search the tunnels for Calen, Aeson and the others are visited by Baldon, and Angan of Clan Fenryr, who reveals that Calen and Erik are alive and in Drifaien. Dahlen decides to stay behind to help Ihvon and Daymon.

Having finally arrived in Arisfall, Alleron arranges ships for Calen, who is waiting with the others near a small town. Alleron goes to Arisfall castle to speak with his mother, and on the way runs into Leif. After speaking to his mother, Alleron is cornered by his father, who threatens him.

When Alleron meets back up with the others to inform the ships have been secured, they are ambushed by an Imperial Battlemage by the name of Artim Valdock and Lothal Helmund, who throws Leif’s severed head into the snow. In the fighting that follows, Artim Valdock kills both Falmin and Lopir. To save Valerys’s life, and those of Erik, Tarmon, Vaeril, Korik, and the others, Calen surrenders.

Calen awakens in a cell in Arisfall, his wrists bound with rune-marked manacles that cut him off from the Spark and his connection to Valerys. Alone, and distraught from the loss of his friends, Calen is tortured by Artim Valdock.

While riding across the continent, Dann tries to apologise to Alea and Lyrei for losing his temper in the tunnel, and learns that his horses’s name in the Old Tongue is Drunir – Companion. While camping for the night, Therin tells Dann about his valúr – the elven tradition of learning to create before learning to destroy. As Therin tells the tale of what happened after The Fall, Lyrei becomes enraged and tells him he is no better than the Astyrlína – the Faithless; those elves who turned their back on the continent and withdrew into Lynalion. Aeson, furious at her disrespect towards Therin, tells her that her honour is forfeit. After the argument, Baldon tells them that Calen has been captured.

Meanwhile, Ella finally arrives at Berona, the city where she and Rhett had planned to start their new life. Ella and Farda argue, and he brings her to meet Tanner Fjorn, Rhett’s uncle – who she has pretended is her own uncle. Tanner plays along with the ruse. When Farda leaves, Tanner comforts Ella and asks how his nephew died. Later, it is revealed that Tanner is aligned with Aeson’s rebellion.

Farda meets with Grand Consul Karsen Craine, who tells him he is too close to Ella and is to join the Fourth Army to relieve Fort Harken of Urak attacks. Karsen plans to capture Ella that night.

When Karsen’s men come for her, Ella and Faenir kill them and are bundled from the city by Tanner, a woman called Yana, and a Rakina elf named Farwen.

In Arisfall, Alleron is approached by his old friend Baird along with a Fenryr Angan, Aneera, both of whom are allied with Aeson. Alleron and the others break Calen out of his cell, along with Erik, Vaeril, and Tarmon, but Korik was killed during torture. Asius, the Jotnar also aids during the escape. While fleeing, Calen’s manacles are removed and his eyes glow purple. He bonds deeply with Valerys and the dragon lays waste to their pursuers, then flies Calen to safety.

Meanwhile, in Valtara, Dayne and Mera sneak back into Redstone. Dayne stops Alina from killing Baren, then lets his brother go free, telling him to wait at the farm near Myrefall. Dayne then witnesses hundreds of wyverns freeing Skyfell from Lorian control, and Alina is revealed to be a wyvern rider.

As the wyverns fly over Valtara, Calen reveals his plans to find Rist. If he goes back to Durakdur, Aeson will stop him from going after his friend. Calen and the others sail north with Captain Kiron on The Enchantress. Valerys flies alongside the ship.

While Calen sails, Ella travels with Farwen and Yana, discovering that she may in fact have the blood of the old druids in her veins.

Within the walls of Al’Nasla, Rist studies and practices the Spark using A Study of Control, by Andelar Touran. He also learns about the different divisions of druid – Aldruid, Skydruid, Seerdruid – from Druids, a Magic Lost. Garramon brings Rist for his Trial of Will. In the trial, Rist enters the Well of Arnen, where, in a dream-like state, he sees a faceless man who kills Neera, his mother, and many others, along with destroying Al’Nasla and The Glade. The faceless man, who now has a massive, white-scaled dragon by his side, is revealed to be Calen. In the trial, Rist chooses to kill both himself and Calen to prevent Calen from destroying everything. He awakens from the trial and is granted the brown-trimmed black robes of a Battlemage acolyte for passing the trial. Rist is unsure whether the trial was simply a trial or something more. Was it a glimpse of the future?

Still searching for Calen, Dann and Aeson visit one of Aeson’s contacts in Argona, a man named Arem. They learn the state of the continent and that Calen has escaped the cell in Drifaien.

Ella arrives in Tarhelm – a hidden rebel outpost in the Firnen mountains – and meets one of the rebel leaders: Coren Valmar. Tanner is brought in badly wounded and clinging to life.

Calen, Captain Kiron, and the others debate what route to take north and eventually settle on landing at Kingspass and crossing The Burnt lands instead of sailing the Lightning Coast.

Back in Durakdur, Dahlen and Belina meet with a dwarf who knows something about an assassination attempt on Daymon. But before the dwarf can reveal too much, he is poisoned. Dahlen kills the assassin, then goes in her place to meet with her superior. Belina saves Dahlen from death and learns there are assassins moving for every ruler of the Freehold, and Daymon. They both rush to stop the attempt on Daymon’s life to find Ihvon bleeding out on the floor and all the assassins either dead or incapacitated.

Calen and his group arrive in Kingspass and find a room. They awake at night to an Urak attack on the city. Calen, Valerys, and the others fight alongside the Lorian defenders. Bloodmarked, Fades, and even a Shaman crash down on the city’s defences, tens of thousands of Uraks flooding into the city. Calen and the defenders make their last stand. At the last moment, Kallinvar, Verathin and the other Knights of Achyron rush through the rift, which appears above the city, and drop from the sky. The knights help the defenders push back the Uraks. Grandmaster Verathin is killed by the Urak Shaman, which is, in turn, killed by Kallinvar.

As Kallinvar holds Verathin’s body in his arms, Calen discovers Arden is, in fact, his brother, Haem.


In the year 3068 After Doom, the fortress of Redstone is attacked by the Lorian Empire in an effort to stop a Valtaran rebellion before it starts. A young Dayne Ateres rescues his little sister, Alina, from Lorian intruders and sends her and Baren to wait in a safe cave, watched over by Marlin Arkon.

Accompanied by several Redstone guards, Dayne rushes to the defend the fortress’s walls. In the Garden below, Dayne’s father, Arkin Ateres, leads the elite Andurii against the besieging Lorians. While Dayne fights on the walls, his mother, Ilya Ateres,arrives astride her wyvern, Thandril, and turns back the attackers. A Dragonguard, Sylvan Anura, arrives on her soulkin, Aramel, and kills Thandril. There is no choice but surrender.

His hands bound, Dayne watches from the deck of a ship as three Dragonguard bathe the city of Stormwatch in dragonfire, burning and suffocating everyone within. A fight ensues on the ship, in which both Ilya and Arkin Ateres are killed by Sylvan Anura. It is revealed that Loren Koraklon, the head of House Koraklon, betrayed the Valtarans to the Lorians.

Sylvan Anura exiles Dayne and throws him from the ship with his hands bound. Dayne swims ashore. The cave he sent Alina, Baren, and Marlin to is empty. Dayne moved to his quarters to gather supplies and is surprised by Iloen Akaida, a young boy he works as a porter in the kitchens. He gives Iloen a knife and sends him to hide. Dayne decides not to damn Mera to his own fate and leaves without telling her. Sylvan Anura catches Dayne before he can leave. She reminds him if he ever returns, she will erase his bloodline, then throws him from the window of his father’s study.

Two years later, Dayne is hunting down the people who were responsible for what happened that night in Redstone. He finds one, Harsted Arnim, in Winter’s Keep. To avoid the keep’s defenses, Dayne purposely starts a bar brawl to be brought to the dungeons below the keep. Once there, he makes his way to Harsted Arnim. He kills the man, exacting revenge, but not before finding out Sylvan Anura’s name so he can continue his path of retribution.

After killing Harsted, Dayne goes to clean himself up in a local inn. While there, Belina Louna approaches him in the baths. She recognises him by the Sigil of House Ateres tattooed on his chest, and she has been sent to kill him. Instead of killing him, however, she gives him an offer: join her, help her kill those who control her, and she will in turn help him kill the people who harmed his family.

Five years later in 3075 After Doom, Dayne and Belina kill the last of the people who had tethered her to the Hand – an order of imperial assassins. The man they kill is Belina’s father.

Dayne and Belina go to Gildor to meet an elf by the name of Therin Eiltris. They must first help Therin to free some of his kind from Lorian imprisonment, so he will bring them to meet the man who knows how to kill Sylvan Anura. They enter a seemingly abandoned fortress to discover the empire are running experiments on elves by carving blood runes into their skin. Many of the elves are twisted and broken. The group kills the Lorian Mages and soldiers running the facility and free the two surviving elves: a child, and an elf who has runes carved into her chest.

Therin takes Dayne and Belina to see Aeson Virandr – who was responsible for pushing Dayne’s parents to start a rebellion. Dayne believes Aeson will lead him to Sylvan Anura and also show him how to kill her and the Dragonguard. But Dayne is shocked to find that Aeson has not only hunted down and killed two of the three Dragonguard who burned Stormwatch, but he has Sylvan Anura captive. After the death of Sylvan’s soulkin, Aramel, the once-powerful woman is now blind and deaf, the heat has been pulled from her bones and an unyielding tremble has set into her hands. Dayne decides not to kill her, understanding that her fate – to live for years with only half a soul, unable to see or hear – is crueler, and therefore more fitting, than death would ever be.

Aeson then convinces Dayne not to rush straight home. He asks Dayne to let him put Valtara in a position to truly win its freedom. If Dayne starts a war now, Valtara will lose.

Five years later, Dayne receives a letter from Aeson telling him the time has finally come to go home. There is one name left on his list: Loren Koraklon.

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