Sister of the Light, Sister of the Dark. The Slave Queen, Death's Mistress. The formidable sorceress Nicci has gone by many names and faced many challenges. After driving ruthless Norukai slavers out of Renda Bay, Nicci and her companions - the newly powerless Nathan and the youthful Bannon - continue their perilous journey into unchartled lands. Guided by the witch-woman Red's mysterious prophecy, the trio makes their way south of Kol Adair towards a wondrous city shrouded behind time, Ildakar. But the grotesque omens on their path to Nathan's salvation - severed Norukai heads on pikes, a monster born of new dark arts, and a petrified army of half a million - are just a taste of the unimaginable horrors that await within the Shroud of Eternity. 'And the Sorceress must save the world'.