"A captivating series!" –Jennifer A. Nielsen, New York Times bestselling author
The only shepherd in a family of warriors, Otec returns to his clan to find all the men gone to war. They didn’t bother to tell him, let alone ask him to fight beside them. When his mother sends him on a trifling errand in the high mountains, he looks back to find his village burning and his people taken captive.
Cut off from the help of the other clans and dodging raiders, he must become the warrior he was never meant to be. By his side is a foreign woman stalked by a dark, mysterious magic. Together, they race to save his family from a life of slavery. Worse, what he thought was a mere raid is actually a full-scale invasion.
In the end, he must choose between saving his family or his kingdom.