This is the start of a series of books in which "darkness" is trying to take over the world and is being held back by a staunch army of defenders. Villians abound and evil spreads its wings as "nature" attempts to resist. This book is for mature readers who like magic and graphic battles scenes. I really enjoyed this book and found that it was hard to put it down at times. As I have read all the books of this series to date, I can thoroughly recommend this book and all those following.