Courage is exposed when there is no other choice.
Trust is a commodity in short supply. Still searching for Ruben and determined not to lose hope, Donovan and Whitman combine forces once more, revealing a pattern neither anticipated.
Determined to gleam information about life mages from the source, Whitman leads them deeper into hostile territory even as the Retrievers unite into an army of their own.
Ruben continues to learn the joys and challenges of life magic and struggles to understand his place in the new world he is shown. The true threat of blood mages is revealed and war looms overhead even as it is battled underground. What is the cost of magic? What is the price of hope?
In this conclusion, Donovan finally realizes what it means to be a Seeker — and must decide if he has the courage to bear it.