Claire understand that to defeat Kane, she must master her magic. That means journeying deep within the forest, all the way to Esterpine, to study with the Sprites. But the forest isn't what it once was. A sickness is spreading, twisting all that it touches. With it, unrest grows among the prominent bloodlines under Queen Jade's rule. If Claire cannot conquer her doubts and step into the shoes she was meant to fill, the forest kingdom will fall. Meanwhile, Talon and Reyr have a new ally. The Dwargs have pledged their support in retaking Fort Squall. Plans are brewing. The Drengr must stand up against Kane and his wild dragons, or risk losing more of the north. But battling these beasts won't be easy. The people of Squall's End are at the mercy of dragonfire. How then can Talon hope to reconquer the fort without losing lives? What he needs is a secret weapon. A way to protect the people. Perhaps when the time comes, he might find exactly that. NOTE: THIS IS A *FIRST DRAFT* SERIAL UPDATE SERIES. CHAPTERS WILL POST WEEKLY EACH FRIDAY, AS I WRITE THE STORY. IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO WAIT IN BETWEEN CHAPTER UPDATES, SIMPLY ADD THIS STORY TO YOUR LIBRARY AND WAIT UNTIL IT IS FULLY WRITTEN. IT GENERALLY TAKES ME ABOUT 1 YEAR TO WRITE THE FULL STORY ONCE I START. I WRITE ABOUT 1 CHAPTER PER WEEK. THEREFORE I CANNOT POST MORE THAN 1 CHAPTER PER WEEK. ...YOU'VE BEEN WARNED!