Seyonne was born an Ezzarian, a free people in a lush, green land who used their magical powers to free innocent people from demon possession. But the Ezzarians kept their demon war a secret and all the conquering Derzhi saw was a rich land to conquer. Seyonne was captured and put through horrible rites that stripped him of his magical powers. Forced into slavery, Seyonne endured horrible conditions and masters, living by his mantra "what comes, comes" and refusing to look beyond the present moment.
When Prince Aleksander, the Emperor's son, buys him for his household, Seyonne is ready to hate him. He is the worst kind of Derzhi, arrogant, uncaring, heartless and heedlessly cruel to all around him. So Seyonne is shocked when he sees the light of the feadnach, the God-touched, shining out of Aleksander's eyes. Long ago, when he was a Warden in Ezzaria, Seyonne swore to protect anyone who bore the feadnach, but how on earth can he protect a cocky Derzhi prince who doesn't even believe in magic?
When the Khelid come, Seyonne immediately recognizes the demon gleam in their eyes. But, since he was stripped of power, he has nothing but his wits to fight them. As Aleksander enters a critical time for his future rule, Seyonne desperately tries to convince the Prince that the Khelid are dangerous and will destroy the entire Derzhi empire if he is not wary. Heedless of Seyonne's warnings, Aleksander is stunned when he comes under a foul demon enchantment, one that Seyonne cannot remove because Aleksander's people destroyed his magical powers. Seyonne knows that he has no choice but to take Aleksander to his people in Ezzaria and pray that someone will help him there. Seyonne rejoices to see his homeland once more, but he also dreads going there. For, because of Seyonne's corrupt state, he is as one already dead to them and he knows it will break his heart to see his loved ones again...
This report prepared by Debbie
A coming of age story, of sorts. A slave tries to overcome his past in order to save an unlikely person. The best book I've read this year.
This report prepared by Traci Leanne Bell