Since its destruction, the survivors of the Kingdom of Valec have labored in secret to restore their homeland. As the last member of the royal bloodline, Count Daven has been their leader. Now the time for secrecy is over, and Daven must travel to a foreign court to make new friends out of old enemies.
Hedmund had always been a big lad - but by the time he reached manhood, he was the biggest of them all. When he and his fellows leave home to take up the lives of mercenaries, Hedmund finds all sorts of advantages come with being big. Women notice him – and men fear him.
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.
A weary soldier returns home to the remote village of Carn Nebeth, where they have seen and heard little of the war he fought in. Greeted by his old friends – and the young boy William – he tries to leave the years of violence behind and live a peaceful life. The war, though, has created many dangerous men, and some of them have not yet tired of conquest...