Alone in Defora. Cracked, but not broken, Lasil awaits Veng's arrival and the shackles binding her are more than mere iron. In the name of granting Veng easy passage to her, she has bound herself to Lorric. She is now his priestess. In this, the mighty Serpent God has won. But the snake is not the only one eager for Veng to enter Defora. Latesha longs to use the Rogue King for her own devices. In her grasp, he can help bring back the old days when dark borns ravaged the lands. To avert this, all Veng has to do is escape. Yet, if he makes it to Lasil alive, if she is freed from the underworld, such freedom will bear a price none of them has ever considered, for Lorric has his sights set on an even bigger prize than Veng's defeat. And it may be too late to stop him.