Returning to the world of the Corean Chronicles, Modesitt begins an epic tale of the collapse of a civilization. The alector Dainyl is sent to the remote outpost of Damuria to determine what exactly is going on. At the same time, Mykel, a captain in the Cadmians, has been dispatched to the same place with his battalion to maintain order in the face of potential rebellion and disappearing miners.

What at first seems to be simple political maneuvering is revealed, over the course of the book, to be something much more. Corus is a fascinating land, full of both new and ancient magic, and the inhabitants are possibly the most fascinating of all, with complex motivations underpinning their every action. (Jun., 486 pp., $27.95)
Reviewed by: 
Natalie A. Luhrs