Another book in the series that I found myself reading at 3:00 in the morning. Poor Torsten. He can't seem to escape his bias against those who don't view the world exactly as he does (even though he's actually blind at this point) It's not that Torsten's viewpoint is wrong; I just think he would be more successful if he tempered his beliefs when dealing with others. Once again he fails in his duty to protect a member of the royal family. However, he is blessed by a miracle from Iam.
Muskigo's daughter Mahraveh has never had any desire to follow a traditional woman's life. She wants to be a warrior and has managed to have her father and his men train her in the art of warfare. Her father insists she learn to fight with a spear as her preferred weapon of bow and arrow is useless in close combat. This training stands her in good stead when she masquerades as a man to compete in a tournament to win the al'Tariq afhemate.
Sora continues to fight what seems to be a losing battle to force Nesilia from her body. She comes to realize that Nesilia is toying with her and that Sora isn't able to influence her at all.
Whitney is aided by Lucindur, a lightmancer, in contacting Sora, much to Nesilia's disgust. The performers he has been traveling with are victims of a Drav Cra raid. He is captured by the Drav Cra as he follows them in an attempt to rescue his friends.
I've barely touched on the events that occur to the various characters in this volume. Needless to say there is never a dull moment.