Mathias Eyn's dreams were small. A dabbler in magic, he expected to live in obscurity in his home in the Welsh hills, t drawing attention to himself. But fate has other plans for him. It is the Year of Our Lord Fifteen Ninety, and a revolution is quietly brewing, here and further abroad. Richard V has overstayed his rule, some say; others whisper that the whole line of Demon Kings must be burned out. Mathias - son of a man executed for the practice of magic - is set to become a symbol, and a leader. And to do that, he needs champions. A wise woman sends him to the corners of the kwn world - to the frozen lands of the rth, to the pirate-haunted ports of Spain, to the mountains of the German Empire, to the burning sands of the Holy Land - to bring back masters of the four magic arts. With Richard's Witch Hunters on his heels, he sets out to gather his allies.