Sonea, once the despised commoner in the Magicians' Guild, is now a Black Magician of Kyralia. Though she is now part of the establishment, she comes to find that the past is not so easily left behind...
Lorkin, Sonea's rebellious son, has volunteered to join the formidable Lord Dannyl in his new post as Guild Ambassador to Sachaka - a land ruled by cruel, slave-owning black magicians. There is suspicion that some of the Sachakans still harbor dreams of conquest, so when word comes that Lorkin has gone missing, Sonea is desperate to find him. However, Guild law states that if a Black Magician leaves the city he or she will be exiled forever.
As she fears for her missing son, Sonea dedicates herself to helping her old friend Cery. For some time, there has been fear and paranoia on the streets of Imardin. Leading thieves have been dying under irregular circumstances. The need to discover who has been picking off the leading thieves of the city is now a very personal crusade - one that Sonea must aid, for the killer appears to be using magic.
Either a member of the Guild is leading a double life as a hired killer, or there is - once again - a rogue magician on the streets of Imardin . . .
I absolutely loved this book! It is the first in a follow up trillogy to the Black Magician Trillogy. Sonea is now the mother of a son, Lorkin, who has graduated from the Guild and goes to Sachaka as Lord Dannyl's assistant. Cery is on a personal quest to find the 'Theif Hunter' and goes to Sonea for help when it is proven that magic is being used in the thief murders. When Lorkin goes missing, Sonea fears the worst as it was her and Lorkin's father who killed many Sachakan invaders, but she is forbidden from leaving the Guild.
There are some strange alliances formed, some characters you don't expect to split up, and there always seems to be something going on to keep your attention! Most of the characters you met in the Black Magician Trillogy are back but there are a few missing, that I wonder if they will come back in the next book.
Overall, I give this book a 5/5. It is worth going out and buying to read this entertaining book! I can't wait for the next one.