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In the sweeping desert realm of Zraemia, an ancient prophecy stirs – the Great War to Come will turn the world to ash, and one king will emerge to rule all.

The enemy king aspires to the seat of supreme ruler, and with the weight of a mighty army at his back, most would concede his ascension. But one ruler stands in his way – a rebel king with a gifted daughter. Princess Heduanna, is a natural-born seer who receives visions from the goddess – divinations that foretell an unexpected fate for Zraemia.

Beyond the Sea of Death, a fierce ally awaits, in a strange land of forests and mountains. The goddess has revealed the wild people who call it home will fight for Zraemia in the Great War to Come. But if Heduanna’s interpretation is wrong, thousands will perish. The visions take their toll on Heduanna, and as the goddess grows distant, the enemy-king’s army grows more powerful by the day.

Alliances are pushed to the brink as a war like no other looms – a war that will tear the world apart. For from the shadows, a dark new order is building, one that hungers for the blood of battle, and a king of their own.

When the gods speak, ancient cities burn.

What readers are saying:

”What good fantasy looks like.” ★★★★★

“Just masterful. I couldn’t put it down.” ★★★★★

“A book really has to impress me to give it 5 stars.” ★★★★★

“So real and believable.” ★★★★★

“I couldn’t stop reading. I love it.” ★★★★★

“One of the better fantasies I’ve read.” ★★★★★

“Filled with surprising turns and twists.” ★★★★★

"Nothing is what it seems." ★★★★★
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June S.

Verified Buyer

1 week ago


Aderyn Woods 2nd "stand alone" novel in The Secret Chronicles of Lost Magic" series is even better than the first. The lead characters all have depth and feeling, and the relationships between them are handled masterfully. Plenty of intrigue, suspense and magic. Finally, the end brings full closure for all characters and their dilemas. Just masterful. I couldn't put it down. I highly recomend Dragonshade.

Maree B.

Verified Buyer

1 week ago

A fantasy favorite

This one is a personal favorite. Loved it!


5 months ago

Loved every bit of it

The thing about this book that makes it an amazing read is the undercurrent of things going on. This author set this entire book up so well. Continuing to give us tidbits of information just enough to tease you. There is plenty going on and you have to wonder exactly what the end game is. Before you reach the end everyone is suspect, betrayal is heavy in the air along with jealousy and rivalries. There is loads of back door dealings and manipulation and the war is waged. Unclear visions and misleading actions and conversations cause lots of misdirection and this author handles it with an expertise that is crazy. When you do reach the end you will find that nothing is what it seems, and marvel at how all the pieces fall together as the points of view converge and everything is revealed.

This author blows me away with her ability to add twist and turns and in this case gives us stories from different people that converge into one and when it does the fall out will be epic. Great story in this the second book of the series and I loved every bit of it.

Gissela E.

5 months ago

Amazing World Building

I really loved the story though the beginning is a bit slow but once things picked up I finished it in 3 days. The ending had me in tears! So be prepared to cry! I have lots of questions regarding Yana's heritage. I keep wondering if Iluna was really Reyna or at least her and Yana's ancestor. I absolutely love the world building and the mystery of it all. I can't wait for the next book.

I am loving this world that Aderyn Wood has built and continues to do so. The author reminds me of GRRM with the careful wait between books and the thought that goes into characters and their actions. It’s wonderful.


5 months ago

This story did NOT disappoint!

This book was a wonderful blend of so many elements - magic, fantasy, adventure, etc. I really enjoyed it and highly recommend it to other fantasy fans. One of my biggest issues when reading a new book is the character and story world development, so I pay particular attention to those details. This story did NOT disappoint! The characters are very well developed and totally believable, the story world is vast and detailed. I could believe in this book, the characters and the peripherals, which is going to make me keep reading Aderyn Wood's stories as long as they keep being written. I highly recommend this book!