In a world of shifting realities, two warriors begin a deadly quest for truth... On the wings of night... It is winter in Everien. The land is now under the thumb of the conquering Pharician warlord Tash, and the Clans are thrown into rebellion and chaos. Tash will stop at nothing to exploit the mysterious Knowledge of the lost Everiens, working night and day to produce terrible weapons seen only in the visions of young Impressionists. But despite their power and pride, the Pharicians have yet to conquer the will of the Clans...or vanquish the Sekk, who only grow stronger amid the turmoil of the new Everien. Meanwhile, in Istar's homeland, a winged skeleton has been discovered--unearthing an ancient legend and rousing a bloodthirsty Sekk warrior that will prove the greatest challenge that Istar has ever faced. In the midst of these struggles, an ancient Everien skyfalcon, long thought to be extinct, has made its way to Jai Khalar, bearing a cryptic message. A message that will expose the hidden secrets of Jai Khalar and bring the might of Pharice to Tash's doorstep. A message that will transform Everien forever. For the mystery of the skyfalcon is inextricably bound with the fate of Tarquin the Free--lost between reality and the very roots of Everien's past with his strange and elusive love, Jaya Paradox--and with Tarquin's dark foe, Night, who invisibly haunts an Everien riddled by war, love, magic, and time itself.