This is one of my favorite novels in the Saga of Recluce series. It is also the newest. Unlike the other novels it is told from the point of view of a woman. Saryn is Arms-Commander of Westwind and one of the original Angels. The story takes place after Nylan has left Westwind. Saryn is also a black mage whose powers are just now becoming stronger. She is charged with helping the regents of Lornth hold on to their land. In doing so she finds she must prove her fighting abilities over and over again. Despite being a woman she still closely follows Modesitt’s hero pattern. She is modest, is just learning her powers and works hard at perfecting them. She, as many of his protagonists find, doesn’t understand the constant need for force. As Arms-Commander, fighting is her craft and other crafts are not focused on in the novel. This is a bit of a departure for Modesitt and it works. The men in the novel range from accepting to hostile but one stands out as he attempts to gain her trust and love.