Expect the unexpected, and prepare for what is not there...
Behind the mundane hum of humankind lurks the scent of woodsmoke, nightshade, and midnight. The smell of magic. The smell of the Old Ways. For wherever men walk, there shall faekind be.
That’s what Thomas Rhymer discovers when his sister Ailsa is kidnapped from under his very nose the night before her sixteenth birthday, and taken to the forgotten world of Albion, a world where men and faeries walk hand in hand, where magic is the lifeblood of the realm, and where a dark shadow, tinged with dragonfire, sweeps over the land. And something powerful stirs at the heart of Elphame.
Across an ancient bridge, Albion suffers in turmoil after the usurpation of Mab, Queen of the Old Ways. Now, not only must he rescue his sister, but Thomas must also battle his way through Albion and liberate the imprisoned Queen Mab from the shadowy tyranny of the Dark Prince, in order to stop the raging war that tears Albion apart at its foundations.
But Prince Erlik has no intention of relinquishing his power, his beloved Queen Mab, or Ailsa Rhymer, and Thomas must forge alliances in fire and blood in order to stop him, and regain his lost heritage.