by Juliet E. McKenna
Tor Books Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 0765314118
Date: 01 July, 2005 List Price $25.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
From book flap: Their coming had not been written in the stars, and no augury had foretold the terror that they would bring. The first sign was the golden lights of the beacons, a clear message from every southern isle that a calamity had befallen them. Nothing could stand before the previously unknown invaders from the south and the wild magic that they brought with them.
Daish Kheda, son of Daish Reik, reader of portents, giver of laws, healer and protector of all whome his many-islanded realm encompasses, must act quickly and decisively,. His people will be looking for him to guide them, as they looked to his father. But the people of the Aldabreshin Archipelago not only fear magic, they refuse to have anything to do with it. So what defense can Kheda offer against the threat of a dark magic that threatens to overrun every island of his domain.
(Source: Tor Books)