Karen Hancock's novels quickly became the standard for excellence in Christian fantasy. Her vivid worlds, compelling characters, and intricate plots continue to captivate readers, and her breathtaking stories are regularly gaining new fans. Now Kiriath and the surrounding countries have fallen fully under the oppressive control of the Shadow. After his exile, Abramm Kalladorne has been compelled by force and fate to take a roundabout journey through far-flung army outposts and scorching desert wastelands, fighting constant battles against despair and frustration. Lost and alone in an ancient desert ruin, he comes upon secrets of the past that offer startling answers to his world's oppression.