Guardians can't die. They can kill, but they can't be killed. Now there is a recipe for corruption.Thus concludes Marit, who knows that she was murdered by vicious bandits ... but was somehow brought back to life as a Guardian, one of the nine supernatural Guardians of the Hundred. Marit also realizes that she is a pawn in high-stakes contest of wills. Guardians, once the incorruptible force that safeguarded the people of the land, are now divided in purpose, abandoning the land to bandits, marauders, and the specter of a horde that threatens to extinguish all of those who opposed it.Marit is one of but a few Guardians who resist Lord Radas, the head of the corrupt Guardians. She and another newly awakened Guardian cannot fully understand just how powerful are the forces arrayed against them. Her fellow initiate, a golden-haired young woman with eyes as blue as the sea and skin as pale as mist, endured a life of slavery and abuse before her death and rekindling. She, too, must contend with Radas and his fellow immortals, with the fate of the Hundred and its many peoples the ultimate prize in a vast, deadly war between the forces of darkness and those who fight for justice and freedom.Along with a small cadre of loyal eagle-reeves and others who would sacrifice all for the good of the people, these two immortals stand on the razor's edge between life and death. Confused, battered by their recent deaths and rebirths, these two women must resist the temptation to take the easy way out, to walk the path that begins in light but soon enough crosses under the gate of shadows into corruption. On their shoulders, and on the wings of the horses that carry them aloft above all the trembling lands beneath, lies the future of the land.
- Hardback | 475 pages
- 157.48 x 238.76 x 43.18mm | 725.74g
- 15 Apr 2008
- Tor Books
- United States