Book 1 of 4: Gen was a bard’s apprentice, his nimble hands meant for the lute and his voice for a song. Then the half-mad and completely bored Shadan Khairn invaded Gen’s village to winter there and start a war. He shoved a sword in Gen’s hands and tormented his body, shaping a bard into a warrior to be killed for sport.
As the days of torture pile up like the snow, Gen’s searches for death. But the day is at hand when the shattered shards of the world will knit together again and the world’s slain god be reborn. The mighty Ha’Ulrich will be the father, the mysterious Chalaine the mother. In dangerous times, the holy couple doesn’t need a bard. They need a warrior. And Gen needs a reason to live.