Although the dark of the Blackwoods banner has been torn from every height in Amatharsus, the horizon remains captive by a sky of black smoke. With the reinstatement of the Crown Aegis, Garreth and Novas are sent north to investigate the reports of Blackwoods insurgents in the outlying towns and foreign ships upon the sea. From the shimmering fields of the Gold Acres, to the silenced mines of Boulderstone, the pair will fight alongside fellow patriots to counteract the vengeance of the Blackwoods that continues to ravage the kingdom. Only when they arrive in Deepshine, home to the leader of the Blackwoods, Lord Vyse, will the Crown Aegis understand the desperate nature of the lord’s plans and the terrible means of achieving them. Even with their people united, can Garreth, Novas, and their allies triumph against a threat unlike Malquia has ever seen?
The Spirit of Malquia is the second installment of the debut Fantasy series, In the Absence of Kings, by author Lee LaCroix.