Settling down to a simple life as a carpenter, Lerris finds his hope for peace shattered when the distant Empire of Hamor sends an invading force that is determined to conquer the entire world, and Lerris is compelled to test his magical powers.
Not only the story line makes this the best book in the series thus far. The characters are lovable and believable, while at the same time completely badass. The dialect and the relationships between characters in this book are very well thought out and realistic. The one thing that I thought Modesitt could use a little work on is his obsession with minute details, some of which don't really need to be included. I mean, he kinda turns a long story into an even longer book by included lots of information that isn't really pertinant to the storyline.