The Derai have lived in Haarth since their last great encounter with their long enemy, the Darkswarm. However, history has create animosity among the houses of the Derai alliance, and the Darkswarm has faded into the background. Milian, heir to Night, knows the stories, yet prowls in the Old Keep, where secrets lie dormant. However, the Darkswarm are rising again, and Milian must strike out from all that she has ever known in order to come into her own power and confront the darkness.
Okay, I’ve read a fair number o complaints against the book, but I actually enjoyed it. Mostly, I liked the setting: I found Lowe’s description of the world to be mesmerizing, and I thought she did a great job of building up the world, particularly the lore behind it. There are several old powers and heroes who come into play, and I really liked those aspects. I also found the plot fairly exciting when I was reading it. My only complaint that the majority of the characters were not particularly vivid for me; there are exceptions, such as Kalan and Asantir, but many others did not, including Milian. I almost found the supernatural powers more fascinating than the characters, and I think that’s why I liked the book overall, rather than for other merits. I am hoping for more character development in the sequel, particularly in the case of Milian who is supposed to be the eventual all-powerful heroine. That being said, I could see older teens and adults who like this particular type of book enjoying it as well, but I would recommend checking it out of the library rather than buying it.