This is the fourth and last volume in the Riftwar Saga (after Magician: Apprentice, Magician: Master and Silverthorn).
After another year of peace, Arutha and Anita are about to present their newly-born twins to their subjects when Arutha is victim of a new attack by the black Moredhel.
And while Arutha's party is starting a perilous journey northwards to confront his mysterious enemy Murmandamus, also meeting some old acquaintances on the way, Pug and Tomas travel through space and time on the back of a dragon in search of Macros the Black, as only the legendary magician can help them defeat the Enemy.
On one hand, I thoroughly enjoyed reading Arutha's tremendous adventures, especially the absolutely gripping siege and formidable battle of Armengar, and Jimmy and Locky are also great, loveable characters. But on the other hand, Pug's part, and in a way the unraveling of the whole saga, was a trifle too mystical and somewhat far-fetched for me. I cannot make up my mind as to what to think of this book.
This report prepared by crooty
The Dark Slayers return, this time with more intensity than before. There is also something dark behind the cult that is more apparent with their increased activity. With the help of a Pantathian (lizard man) priest another Valheru has entered Midkemia. His destination is Sethanon, or to be more precicse the lifestone that lies in the ruined Valheru city underneath the modern city of Sethanon. With the lifestone he can bring back the rest of the Valheru race to Midkemia but in the process kill off all life in Midkemia. Pug must again team up with Macros and Thomas to ward off this new threat and once again bring peace to the troubled world of Midkemia.
This report prepared by Neil Morey