by Jim Butcher
Book 6 in the Codex Alera series (2008)
For Gaius Octavian, life has been one long battle. Now, the end of all he fought for is close at hand. The brutal, dreaded Vord are on the march against Alera. And perhaps for the final time, Gaius Octavian and his legions must stand against the enemies of his people. And it will take all his intelligence, ingenuity, and furycraft to save their world from eternal darkness.
For years he has endured the endless trials and triumphs of a man whose skill and power could not be restrained. Battling ancient enemies, forging new alliances, and confronting the corruption within his own land, Gaius Octavian became a legendary man of warÂ—and the rightful First Lord of Alera.
But now Gaius must lead his legions to the Calderon Valley to stand against themÂ—using all of his intelligence, ingenuity, and furycraft to save their world from eternal darkness.