In this prequel to Auguries of Dawn, rogue thief Aris Sylvain arrives on the mages' island of Venaris Sheea in search of one of the legendary Catalyst Stones. With his daughter's life hanging in the balance, he's vowed to do whatever is necessary to wrest the Sapphire Stone from its guardian.
But Aris's actions do not go unnoticed. Waterdancer Synna Dacyn, along with fellow mage and pyromancer Villian Anand, quickly take up the thief's trail, tracking him from Venaris Sheea and into the city of Tyrell just days before it's set to begin its annual celebration of the Arts, Ardin's Pride.
* Author's Note: Although a prequel to Auguries of Dawn, this story is best read between volumes 2 & 3 of The Legends of Dhanen'Mar series.