Byzantium lies at the intersection of East and West, in the heart of the most opulent empire the world has ever known. Warrior Prince Marric has to fight for his right to defend his position as heir of the kingship. Last in the powerful line of kings descended from Alexander the Great, he is ordained by the gods of the people to rule alongside his beloved and wise sister, Alexa. But a sorcerer of dark magic has usurped the throne and Marric is exiled.
Grief-stricken father Seth Clyman spent seven days mourning the loss of his two-month-old daughter - the seven days of shivah in the Jewish religion - questioning the meaning of life as he tried to come to terms with his infant daughter's death. As friends and family came to pay their respects, Seth felt as though he was falling into a black hole - weakened, humbled, and exposed, he spent those seven days examining a world he never knew existed. But when Seth emerged on the last day, something had shifted. He was a different person, a man who had the profound realization that death is actually the way one looks at life - death is not just an end, but also a beginning.