Haydn, a pardoned rebel from Tauscher’s army, confronts shadows of myth and former comrades in his struggle to keep his sister safe and find the stolen Stormestone.
Any victor should know better than to issue a pardon for those he’d defeated.
Especially when the defeated include power-hungry rebels. Rebels Haydn spent the last two years fighting alongside before abandoning them on the seeming cusp of victory.
Instead, they lost.
Back in his small village, fending off attacks from stray rebels while awaiting the Prince’s judgment, Haydn is none too pleased. He’s been counting on the rebels’ capture to keep his mother and sister safe.
Haydn knows better than anyone that his actions deserve no mercy.
His former comrades lurking the surrounding mountains deserve even less.
Caught between the guilt of his past and duty to those he loves, Haydn’s bitterest fight begins just as the war ends. It’s a fight he intends to win.
Even if it means rejecting the pardon that could save his life.