Darknesses, the sequel to Legacies, is the second volume of
L. E Modesitt, Jr. 's new fantasy sequence, the Corean
Corus is a world of humans, but also of strange animals and
supernatural creatures. It is a world of magical powers and
of a few people who are Talented enough to use them.
Alucius, the hero of the story, is one such person. In
Legacies we saw how he grew from a Talented child on a
lonely Nightsheep ranch in the Iron Valleys to a proficient
soldier who used his wits and his Talent to become the
first to escape military enslavement in the neighboring
country of Madrien. Now captain of the Twenty-first
Company, the youngest officer of his rank in the Militia,
he must face new challenges, both military and magical.
Corus has been fragmented since the collapse of its ancient
magic-powered civilization. A would-be conqueror has
somehow revived sorcerous creatures of legend to assist in
his crusade to reunite the continent under his rule. The
Iron Valleys are forced into an alliance with the Lord-
Protector of Lanachrona and the Twenty-first is dispatched
to stand against the invaders. Neither the officers above
him nor the men under him know it, but Alucius's Talent is
their only hope for victory, or even survival.
In Darknesses, Alucius learns more about his magical
Talent, meets many more supernatural creatures, and
discovers the sinister forces vying for power behind the
scenes across Corus. This volume completes the story arc
begun in Legacies, but there will be further books set in
this world in the future.