A dark stone enters a parallel world where magic once reigned supreme. An ancient sorceress secrets the magic of the stone into nineteen-year-old Vel Tullius. Magic creeps back into the world. Vel’s beloved sister falls under his spell. He must confront the power his new magic holds over the women around him, while dodging spies, assassins, and those set on hording all magic for themselves. Vel finds himself caught between his loving family, evil queens, and the very gods themselves.