Before the Malazan Empire, there was a time that set the stage for
all those tales yet to be told . . . The winter is bitter. Civil
war threatens Kurald Galain for the warrior Urusander's army has
begun its march on the city of Kharkanas. Led by the ruthless Hunn
Raal, it intends to cast aside Mother Dark's consort, Draconus, and
set Urusander himself on the throne beside the Living Goddess.
Those who would stand in the way of the rebels lie scattered and
weakened - leaderless since Anomander went in search of an
estranged brother. In his stead, Silchas Ruin resolves to gather
the Houseblades of the Highborn families to him, and to resurrect
the legendary Hust Legion, but time is not on his side. Far to the
west, an unlikely army musters.