Ian Troy, is a Shinree, a race that has an addiction to magic. To put an end to the long brutal war, Ian defies orders by his Queen and uses an ancient relic called the Crown of Stones which comes at a heavy price.
Years pass and Ian is still filled with regret while suppressing his urges with wine, he tries to leave the past behind. An encounter with an assassin brings him back to the fold when the realm becomes in danger again.
There is a race to control the Crown of Stone, and Ian becomes involved once more. It becomes more clear what Ian has to do: use the power he fears the most.
I went into this thinking it was going to be a slow start but it wasn’t slow at all. I really liked Ian’s character and was surprised when he went against orders and did something that had last effects, even a decade later and how he was still struggling not only with himself as a person but with the war and the consequences of his choice.
I am looking forward to reading the next novel in the series.