Adrian Brézé defied his own dark heritage as a near-purebred Shadowspawn for years, until his power-hungry sister, Adrienne, kidnapped his human lover, Ellen. Now, Adrienne is dead, and the Council of Shadows is gathering its strength. To stop the Council from launching an apocalypse, Adrian and Ellen must ally with the Brotherhood, a resistance group dedicated to breaking the Council's hold on humankind... by any means necessary.
In the coming confrontation, Adrian must fight not only the members of the Council but also his own nature - and, as he will come to suspect, traitors within the Brotherhood itself.
©2010 S. M. Stirling (P)2011 Tantor