1. A Rising Storm
Half a century ago, the powerful Rozin Empire imploded in a violent conflagration that left a long ribbon of ruined land running through what was once its center. In the time since, many lesser powers have rose and fell. One way or another, a turning point is coming, triggered in part by seven people who possess powers they cannot explain. Fate, or perhaps the machinations of a group of beings connected to the demise of the old empire, conspire to bring them together. In Porto, Saier allows herself to be dragged directly into a power struggle which ends predictably poorly for her. However, she encounters Melanie, the only other person she’s ever met with abilities as inexplicable as hers. In Calavant, Amara has embarked on a grand plan to bring lasting peace to the dominion of the fallen empire. Peace though, first requires war. After fleeing into the wastelands, Zenyi runs into Kalim and Ollin, two young men she has never met but feels an unaccountable connection with.
2. A Gathering Force
Having conquered and subdued Calavant, Amara sets her sights on Rhein, the country to its west. Armed with the power to control lightning and backed by a loyal army, her invasion proceeds apace. At least until resistance fighters rise up, inspired by the example of three people who also wield inexplicable magic. Zenyi, Kalim, and Ollin soon find themselves further enmeshed into the resistance effort even though they only stumbled into this conflict while trying to escape the murderous attentions of a group of beings who might be connected with the fall of the empire Amara is trying to resurrect. Elsewhere in the country, Melanie and Saier run from demons of their own. The war swirls around them as well, churning up a ghost from Saier’s past and forcing her to confront it. None of them understands the magic they wield, even as it takes new forms and gives them power to shape the world. But they will need to understand if they are to make sure the power that connects them does not take control.