An Epic New Fantasy Series from Fan Favorite Jill Williamson. The gods are angry. Volcanic eruptions, sinkholes, ground shakers--everything points to their unhappiness. At least that is what the king of Armania believes. His son, Prince Wilek, thinks his father's superstitions are nonsense, though he remains the ever dutiful First Arm of Armania. When a messenger arrives and claims that the town of Farway has been swallowed by the earth, the king sends Wilek to investigate. But what Wilek discovers is more cataclysmic than one lost city. Even as the ground shifts beneath his feet, Wilek sets out on a desperate journey to save his people and his world. But can he do it before the entire land crumbles?
If you like epic fantasy, then this is one of the better books. In a crumbling world kings, princesses, warriors, and others vie to survive. During the first half of the book, we are introduced to the characters, of which there are many, but although it may feel overwhelming at first to remember them all, soon I became familiar with them all.
What impressed me most was how real the characters seemed, so human with all our frailties and strengths. An ever evolving plot with several subplots reveal sacrifices, concubines, evil, murder, and magic. A lush, rich, evocative read.