Jon the smith is a man dedicated to his craft. When he hears that the legendary ironsmasters - the peerless smiths of the southern mountain clans - are on the brink of dying out, he journeys to find one in the hopes that he might learn something more of his art.
The ironmasters are the keepers of many secrets, though - and some of them would do well to be forgotten. More
Jon is a weaponsmith who yearns to forge the perfect blade. Having learned all he can from the Masters back home, he has traveled to the clans of the distant southern mountains. There live the ironmasters, the finest smiths in the world, and keepers of knowledge that Jon hungers to know.
Amongst the clans, Jon's dedication earns him respect, and he befriends Arodan, one of the last of the ironmasters and a man embittered by the slow death of his profession. Arodan teaches him many things, and Jon grows to unrivaled mastery of their craft.
When he leaves Arodan, Jon has learned all the many secrets of the ironmasters - including some that more suspicious folk might consider sorcerous. Despite Arodan's fervent belief, Jon disregards the old superstitions... even when three clansmen come to him in the wake of a bloody slaughter, hoping to wreak their revenge with weapons of legend.