In this book, Drear introduces us to some people who are important to future events, and shows us how they are connected. Natos Morano is a member of the band of mercenaries that eventually incites a civil war, but we meet him in the time before that happens. He is faced with a personal crisis, as a woman he’s never met tells him that he is not meant for this life, and forces him to choose between the only family he’s ever known, and his true family that is long gone.
Remiel Azrael finds himself caught between family and his own morality as he attempts to help a woman who is in desperate need. But when her situation turns out to be more dangerous than he realized, he faces a crisis of his own, and is forced to face his past demons.
Current status: New draft in progress, one more planned after this one