By Andrea Cremer
SUMMARY: CONTAINS SPOILERS!
Calla and Adne take off to Vail to collect Ren. While Adne stays back, Calla goes to the house that was supposed to be her and Ren’s. Calla convinces him to come back with them by promising sex and informing him of his half sister. They meet Adne by the portal and Ren and Adne seem to have an instant connection. Ren also seems to get along with most of the searchers upon arriving in Italy as well. However, obviously, Shay is not happy about the addition to the group. Calla makes them promise that they will stop fighting until the war is over, and then she will decide on her mate.
As soon as the groups are assembled, everyone decides that it’s time to go after the other three pieces of the elemental cross. Since they already have the Haldis hilt, they decide to go for the Tordis (air) blade that goes with it. It is located in Sweden and the guardians that they will be facing are bears. However, the bears do not prove to be much of a challenge as they are solitary animals. They find the hidden cavern entrance and Shay has to mountain climb across and set a line for everyone to follow. They retrieve the blade and get back to the Roving Academy.
Between missions, they make a deal with Logan Bane. If he summons Bosque Mar to his true form, the searchers will let him live. He agrees, but the searchers are still unsure if they can trust him. Calla follows Sabine and Ethan into the garden and finds out that they are in love.
The next piece they decide to go after is the Eydis (water) hilt. Since the guardians there are panthers, they decide to enter the cavern from below in the water. They each get a tank and a mouth piece to help them get there. When they get close to where they need to be, Shay leaves his tank behind to get the hilt. The rest of the group is attacked by vampire bats that cling to Silas and drain all of his blood. The wolves shift and jump in and out of the water to keep the bats off the searchers. When Shay gets the hilt, the cavern fills up. Calla goes after him and shares her air tank. They portal back to the local post, but are ambushed by panther guardians. They fight them off, but when they get into the building, there are two wraiths. Shay kills one with his sword, but Calla is captured by the other.
Calla wakes up in her room to her mother asking about her trip. Her father is also there. It turns out that she really is in the room with her father, Stephen Tor, but her mother is really Lumine Nightshade. Calla doesn’t give her too much information. Eventually, Lumine leaves her alone with her father and she explains to him what is really going on. Stephen had been suspecting such things and agrees to gather guardians to support the cause. Calla is traded back to the searchers for Logan and Sabine. Sabine volunteered to be a spy and Ethan and Nev would be staying close by in Vail to watch over her.
The group then goes after the last piece of the elemental cross, the Pyralis (fire) blade. Before starting the mission, Conner confesses his love for Adne. The piece is in a volcano and protected by wolves made of fire. With Ren, Mason, and Calla distracting the fire wolves, Shay is able to get the last piece of the elemental cross. He uses it to kill the wolves, but Adne is hurt from saving Conner. She is healed and they return, ready to initiate war in just a few hours.
After the war starts, Calla, Mason, Ren, Shay, Bryn, Conner and Adne start to the mansion is hopes of Shay being able to close and seal the Rift. As they are attacked, a group of wolves, including Stephen, come to aid them. The new wolves are marked by the Scion’s symbol to differentiate them from the other guardians. Mason switches positions with Stephan.
Calla’s group makes it into the mansion that houses the Rift. They find Efron Bane, Emile Lorache, Logan and Sabine. Sabine immediately turns on Efron and tears his throat out. Stephen and Emile square off, but Ren has to step up to his “father” after Stephen is hurt. Emile snaps his neck and then Stephen kills Emile. Calla is distraught about Ren’s death. However, the show must go on. Logan starts to summon Bosque Mar. Calla has to force him to finish as the Searchers and remaining wolves are taking out the Nether creatures. Once fully summoned to his true form, Shay is able to banish his “uncle.”
Anika explains that Shay’s work is not done. He has closed the Rift, but it still needs to be sealed. In doing this, everything that the Keepers had done would return to their natural state. The guardians would become wolves. Sabine offers her wolf esscense to Ansel, who accepts, so that they can each be with their lovers. Calla is unsure what will happen to Shay and so are the Searchers. In the end, Shay and Calla are together as wolves with the rest of their pack. Sabine goes to see them with Ethan and feels better about them and where she is.