Living among humans in a postapocalyptic ice age, neomage Thorn St. Croix has learned to count on her friends, but she's lost count of her enemies. She is a source of both fear and fascination for the people of Mineral City: Her powers can save them from the forces of evil, but can also attract demon spawn and succubae. And fighting on her own turf nearly gets Thorn and those she holds dear killed.
But Thorn's ultimate test awaits deep under the snow-covered mountains beyond the village, where an imprisoned fallen seraph desperately needs her help. There, hidden in the hellhole, the armies of Darkness assemble to ensure that this subterranean rescue will be Thorn's final descent.
"A new, strongly unique voice in the dark fantasy genre." —Kim Harrison
"Continuing the story begun in Bloodring, Hunter expands on her darkly alluring vision of a future in which the armies of good and evil wage their eternal struggle in the world of flesh and blood. Strong characters and a compelling story." —Library Journal
"The world [Hunter] has created is unique and bleak... [an] exciting science fiction thriller." —Midwest Book Review
"This thrilling dark fantasy has elements of danger, adventure, and religious fanaticism, plus sexual overtones. Hunter's impressive narrative skills vivdly describe a changed world, and she artfully weaves in social commentary... A well-written, exciting novel." —Romantic Times