Few are born with the power to conjure fire.
Fewer still survive.
In a time when magic is seen as no more than myth, a new darkness is making its presence known in the mountains of The Al'Durast. An emperor, ambitious, ruthless and, rumour has it, in search of an ancient magic, is taking control of the border towns and cities in the east, laying waste to every settlement in his path.
Meanwhile, a young prince of Carathron, Thormir, is recovering from a potentially lethal poisoning at the hands of a rare miraki thorn. His best friend and half-brother, Fern, a skin-changer, joins Thormir's side as the two journey to the shadowed lands of the North to discover the true nature of the Emperor's ambitions, and to begin the hard battle to defend the kingdom…