Second book in the enthralling ?Shadows of the Apt? series of epic fantasies
Two young companions, Totho and Salma, arrive at Tark to spy on the
menacing Wasp army, but are there mistakenly apprehended as enemy
agents. By the time they are freed, the city is already under siege.
Over in the imperial capital the young emperor, Alvdan, is becoming
captivated by a remarkable slave, the vampiric Uctebri, who claims he
knows of magic that can grant eternal life. In Collegium, meanwhile,
Stenwold is still trying to persuade the city magnates to take
seriously the Wasp Empire?s imminent threat to their survival.
In a colourful drama involving mass warfare and personal combat, a
small group of heroes must stand up against what seems like an
unstoppable force. This volume continues the story that so brilliantly
unfolded in Empire in Black and Gold ? and the action is still