Initiate's Trial
Volume 9 of the Wars of Light and Shadow
Book 1 of Arc IV: Sword of the Canon

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Fatal ignorance threatens the world's ancient mysteries...


The last Prince of Rathain, Arithon s'Ffalenn, is held captive by the Order of the Koriathain. The desperate Fellowship Sorcerers have gambled the weal of Athera and forced through the perilous bargain that spared him, their sole hope of unity. Arithon lives only to battle Marak's horde of free wraiths, unleashed one by one from the shielding grip of the star wards.

But on the day the last wraith is redeemed, the inflexible terms sealed by Dakar's oath of debt will be forfeit...

With the Religion of Light in schism, the fanatical True Sect's high priesthood is consumed by its thwarted ambition: to conquer Havish, the backbone of order that secures the terms of Paravian survival. Lysaer s'Ilessid must fight the pull of the Mistwraith's curse, and battle for sanity to uphold his just ethic. Another young defender will stand at his side, newly sworn by the Sorcerer's auspices.

As Arithon's life again becomes the fulcrum that shifts the game board, Elaira's choice might save or break the unstable future; while at large and answerable to no mortal law, Davien and the dragon that holds his service throw in the wild card no one predicts...

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