This is book four of the Corean Chronicles. The origins of Corus's problems are clearly exposed in this book. A new cast of characters presenting the other side of the equation. This books viewpoint is from the villain's point of view which, as you may guess, is rather different than the point of view of the first three books.
Point of view may be somewhat simplistic. This volume shows some of the origins of the problems faced by Alucius, the main protagonist, up to this point. This is set several thousand years before the first three books.
Dainyl is of the ruling class and is highly but circumspectly talented. Talented refers to the ability to manipulate time, energy or matter. Mykel is a steer, one of the herd, who is unaware of his own talent until one of the native Soarers points it out to him.
Modesitt has the ability to take contrary points of view from book to book in the same series. I find that quite thought provoking.
I am an admitted admirer of Modesitt's style and work. There is a common thread of honor and responsibility through his work. His characters struggle to maintain their core identities and to remain truly humble in spite of increasing power.
I highly recommend.
This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.