Hi everyone- this is my second attempt at a synopsis, but I am still quite new to this process and welcome any and all help. I will return the favor!
In the Kingdom of Troander, seventeen-year-old Prince Arek, alone since the death of his parents eight years ago, longs to find his place in the world and dreams to once again be a part of a family. Set to become the king on his next birthday, he hopes he can one day be the leader his parents would have been proud of. When he stumbles upon evidence of the Lord Regent’s plan to usurp the throne, he puts a target on his back. The Lord Regent hires an assassin named Rykter, to kill the prince. What both assassin and target don’t know, is that they are the same person, fragmented by his parents’ murders and his mother’s magic.
When Rykter goes to the royal chambers to kill the prince, he cannot find him. Instead, he takes his mask off in a mirror, and Rykter and Prince Arek meet face to face for the first time. This meeting awakens both of them to the other’s existence and the reality that they are in danger. Prince Arek also learns he has an aunt and uncle, and he flees with a handful of protectors for the sanctuary they can provide.
The Lord Regent sends an army of soldiers after the prince with orders to kill him and wrest the crown he covets from his corpse. Also on the hunt for the prince is a horde of mutated creatures who also desire the prince’s crown; not for the power it represents, but for the powerful artifact hidden among its many gemstones. For in his crown, the prince carries the Eye of the Dragon, the mystic stone that created the creatures.
When the Lord Regent’s army catches up to the prince, their overwhelming numbers are sure to butcher him and his small group of defenders. Prince Arek must push past his fears about the assassin within him and allow Rykter to take over. Because it is Rykter’s powers and deadly Blood Blade that is needed. Many die, but Rykter is able to turn the tide of the battle.
Prince Arek is devastated by the death of several of his friends, but he survives and reaches his aunt and uncle. So too have arrived the mutated creatures known as the Dragonspawn. Surrounding the desert city, the savage monsters storm the walls and tear down the city’s defenses. The city appears lost. But Prince Arek uses the Eye of the Dragon to strike down the leader of the Dragonspawn, turning him to ash that rains down upon the city. The rest of the creatures, vulnerable to the power of the stone, retreat.
With the monsters defeated, the desert city holds a ceremony to honor the prince. His aunt and uncle offer him a home in the city until he is old enough to return to Troander and reclaim his throne. Though Prince Arek is still sad about the loss of his parents and many who sought to protect him, he has found the friends and family he yearned for. He has also accepted the assassin within and found a balance between the two divergent parts of himself.