(From the publisher):
The Estorean Conquord has stood for 850 years. It's Advocate, Herine Del Aglios, knows that she presides over the greatest civilisation in history. But she wants more.
And in Estorea's recently coonquered territories dissent is brewing. Forced to fight old friends and neighbours in the cause of the ever growing Conquord they face brutal choices and savage demands for money and men to be fed into Estorea's wars. Demands made by Paul Jhered, head of the Gatherers and the iron hand of the Advocate.
With Jhered by her side, Herine believes that nothing can go wrong.
Until a disasterous and bloody reversal in the battle to take the Kingdom of Tsard puts Estorea on the back foot, and leaves the way open for Tsardian troops to flood into the Conquord.
As the empire trembles far from the war four unique children are discovering their powers. They are the first true Ascendants, in touch with the elements, and born with the potential to shape their world.
An empire descending into war is about to discover the wonders and terrors of magic...
Original title: Cry of the Newborn
Genre: Fiction→ Fantasy→ Sword and Sorcery