The Calahrian Empire is collapsing. All across the realm native populations are rising up to throw off the shackles of colonial rule.
Two key factors drive this -- the return of the Stars of Power and Knowledge and the spread of the Shadow Monarch's forest.
The result is that the Calahrian Imperial Army is stretched thin trying to maintain order at the critical moment when it is needed to fend off the advances of the elf-witch.
For the Iron Elves regiment, their loyalty is tested to the breaking point.
The Prince is devastated by the destruction of the Lost Library and the realization that the Empire he is to inherit is crumbling.
Major Konowa Swift Dragon is determined to lead the living survivors of the regiment while Private Alwyn Renwar -- an emissary with his own agenda -- commands the dead.
Together, their only hope is to break the oath that binds them, but doing so means making the perilous journey to the Shadow Monarch's mountain in a final confrontation that may be the ultimate trap.
There is only one way to find out...