The Karakin are free; the serpent demon is loose, and a certain witch decides it is time to change history.
With the palace unwilling to help, Elspeth takes it upon herself to free the northern witches.
When a message from Bailryn reaches Daric, he must give up any idea of helping Kunadi and rush to rescue Mairi from the demon, Fa’rann
Gialyn tries to settle into life with Sek the Black, but when a new species of dragon arrives at the temple, he realises he must, once again, fight against the Balance.