All resistance has been crushed. The Council’s air-dreadnought fleet has destroyed Fiz Gorgo’s defences. Nish is the last hope of the allies, but he is trapped in a burning watchtower. Before he can hope to rescue his friends, he must overcome the most powerful cabal of mancers in the world as well as the Council’s crack guards. Even if he succeeds, the allies have still to defeat the brutal scrutators and overthrow Nennifer before the lyrinx swarm across Santhenar, destroying all in their path.