For years, Magiere and Leesil have sought a long-forgotten artefact, even though its purpose has been shrouded in mystery. All Magiere knows is that she must keep the orb from her murderous half-brother Welstiel, one of the deadly so-called Noble Dead. And now, dreams of a castle locked in ice lead her south - on a journey that has become nothing less than an obsession. Among Magiere's protectors are two elven assassins-turned-guardians who must fight their distrust of this sister of the dead. Forces more powerful than they are also rallying around Magiere, arming her for conflict. But finding the orb may be just the start of the dangers that await.
If I’m going to be blunt with this one its not been my favourite of the series and it felt like a stumbling block for the author’s almost as if they’ve written a filler where not much happens in order to extend the overall story arc. Don’t get me wrong it is the typical type of fantasy fare that you’ve come to love from this husband and wife team but it really didn’t accomplish much with the ending more of a fizzle than a bang. What has worked extremely well as usual is the banter between the principle protagonists as each continues to add their own emotional aspects and their strengths along with weaknesses into the plot. Still a reasonable book but against others of the series definitely not the strongest.