It's been eight long years since Marla Wolfblade buried her husband and claimed royal power - and its responsibilities - for herself.
Now she must teach her son, Damin, the skills he needs to survive as warring factions at Court manoeuvre for power, and ultimately for the throne itself.
Damin proves an apt pupil as his mother's advisor teaches him the Rules of Gaining and Wielding Power.
However, as he nears the age when he will take the throne, his position becomes increasingly dangerous.
The head of the Sorcerers' Collective, a powerful and influential faction, decides to either turn the young ruler into a puppet or tear the throne away from him.
Damin must decide whom it is safe to trust - and how to claim his birthright.