Ascendant's Rite (The Moontide Quartet)

By David Hair

The previous few months of the moontide - whilst the bridge connecting East and West rises above the ocean - has come, and within the West Emperor consistent prepares the ultimate section of his plan to overcome the East.

For failed mage Alaron and his better half Ramita - widow to the mage who outfitted the Leviathan Bridge - the unthinkable has occurred. they've got misplaced the Scytale of Corineus, the main to the ceremony of Ascendancy, in addition to one in all Ramita's boy or girl sons, to the palms in their deadliest enemies.

In Javon, Cera Nesti, the imprisoned queen, has been freed, and plots to tackle the overpowering may perhaps of the Rondian Empire. yet status among her and her aim is a band of lethal mercenaries enjoying a perilous video game in their own.

And within the East, Seth Korion's misplaced Legions needs to navigate treacherous roads to realize protection, bearing secrets and techniques that may deliver down the Emperor.

The time has come for the ceremony of Ascendancy to be played. New powers needs to upward thrust to save lots of or rattling Urte, and at the effective Leviathan Bridge itself, all could be made up our minds.

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