Learn the true history of Castle Rock, seat of power for the most renown wizard of The Three Nations. See how a seemingly normal city girl changes both the course of his life and the course of the entire kingdom of Quinlain. Sword and sorcery clash as love and magic shift reality, even as hate and treachery poisons hearts. History will be made and The Three nations will never be the same. Leesa Talbert's life was on the trajectory of any normal third child of an average merchant, that is until she met Hans Heathson. Hans was special, slated to be the first apprentice of the world's most prolific wizard. In Hans she finds a friend and the inspiration to strive for more. Together they brave the caprice of his dangerous master and face his twisted dark past. But theirs in only one story. War lurks on the horizon and rumbles towards the two. Theirs and many other stories collide when the north erupts in a battle of live and death. At its center sits the Black Count of Castle Rock.