Sometimes the price of destiny is higher than anyone imagined....
Dark Magic, Hidden Destiny
For three centuries a divine prophecy and a line of warrior queens protected Skala. But the people grew complacent and Erius, a usurper king, claimed his young half sisterís throne.
Now plague and drought stalk the land, war with Skalaís ancient rival Plenimar drains the countryís lifeblood, and to be born female into the royal line has become a death sentence as the king fights to ensure the succession of his only heir, a son. For King Erius the greatest threat comes from his own line ó and from Illiorís faithful, who spread the Oracleís words to a doubting populace.
As noblewomen young and old perish mysteriously, the kingís nephew ó his sisterís only child ó grows toward manhood. But unbeknownst to the king or the boy, strange, haunted Tobin is the princessís daughter, given male form by a dark magic to protect her until she can claim her rightful destiny.
Only Tobinís noble father, two wizards of Illior, and an outlawed forest witch know the truth. Only they can protect young Tobin from a kingís wrath, a motherís madness, and the terrifying rage of her brotherís demon spirit, determined to avenge his brutal murder....