Gerick was stolen away as a child by the evil Lords of Zhev’Na, who sought to make him one of them. Years later, he seeks refuge in a strange, sunless land of outcasts – but he still fears the dark power of the Lords’ dying curse and returns to Avonar only when he is forced to by tragic family business.
In Avonar, Gerick is asked to investigate a woman who stumbled out of the desert – the ancient king D’Arnath’s own daughter, held captive by the Lords of Zhev’Na for a thousand years…or so she claims. Gerick’s tormented past with Zhev’Na proves vital as he attempts to discover whether this mysterious woman is truly free of their evil taint.
But as he comes to know the charismatic D’Sanya, Gerick believes he has at last found a woman who can understand him and what he suffered at the hands of the Lords. Entangled in bonds of love, family, and secrecy, Gerick attempts to unravel the mysteries of ancient kings, ancient evil – and the dreadful truth of his own destiny.
Heed my last word, Destroyer. You will never be free of us. No matter in what realm we exist at the end of this day, you will not escape the destiny we designed for you. You are Our Instrument; Our Fourth. Every human soul – mundane or D’Arnath – will curse the day you first drew breath.
This book also answered the question of how Gerick, the son of Karon and Seriana can be the son of the Heir of D’Arnath, Prince D’Natheil. It also posed a few more questions of the “What if…?” variety. “Inheritance was a magical thing to the Dar’Nethi. Adoption, disinheritance, and mentoring could influence a child’s magical abilities as decisively as blood relationships.” This is why Gerick was supposed to be the new Heir.
But what if Gerick had already come into his magical abilities before Karon’s soul took up residence in D’Natheil’s body. Would he still have been the Heir’s Heir?
It also answered the question of Roxanne!
I’m currently reading #4 All The Deadly Beloved by Deborah Adams.