This is the second of three military fantasies set in a series by Nancy Asire. This is a straight military fantasy. Lots of swords, lots of magic and lots of medieval stereotypes. The evils are absolute and the good is also absolute. No change there from the first book, Twilight Kingdoms.
There are two races, one evil and one good. The evil race wins all the battles and drives the forces of good relentlessly backwards. The forces of good are the twin of the forces of evil except for the capacity of evil. It is the ability of the forces of evil to use magic without care for consequence that allows evil to always win and good to be unable to combat the evil effectively. In this, the second book, things are getting very desperate for the forces of good. Almost all of the territory is under the control of evil and the end for the forces of good looks to be very near.
This book has a wide-open cliffhanger at the end. This was incredibly annoying since there were six years between the first book and this novel and another three from that to the third, To Fall Like Stars. The third novel is still a cliffhanger, so if you are a fan of clean endings do not read this book. It has been 4 years as of this review since the third book was written.
A strong storyteller who is not as strong of an author. Very entertaining.