Although Colton and his forces have been winning battles, scattered forces still resist. Only now is the most powerful threat emerging - the Darkening, a physical emptiness, a void, which encroaches upon the very heart of the land, jeopardizing life itself, chilling souls to the bone, bringing death and annihilation, stealing memories and thoughts.
As the Twins prepare for their quest, desperate stratagems are undertaken and magical talismans change hands, but the foundation of faith and society is threatened as some Lalas trees have died, and the sacred bond between the surviving trees and the Chosen companions comes into question. Colton sends three abominations to the three Elfin kingdoms, exact replicas of the Elfin sons of the royal families, the children that they love and yearn for. Catastrophe and murder ensue, and the stability of the world is further undermined.
Doubts continue to arise, and faith is in jeopardy. The Darkening becomes frightfully powerful, and none yet understands it. But another new tree is born in Parth, and Davmiran receives the 11th shard; it bursts with a powerful light that illuminates the skies once again, offering a spark of hope to all the suffering souls.