A Warleader proves his worth, a High Mage seeks revenge, a Commander overcomes his past, and a Queen solidifies her rule. On the continent of Hesh, Tobin has finally gained the two things that have always been out of his reach-the respect of his clan and a woman's love. He now seeks to finish what his father began. When Tobin faces an enemy he never knew to suspect, he is left questioning not only his ability to rule, but also his sanity. A High Mage has been humbled, but he has not been defeated. After spending his time devouring the history of Hesh, he's discovered a way to return home and reclaim what was once his. But before he exacts revenge on his enemies, he fulfills an obligation to his one remaining friend. In the aftermath of great tragedy, Kaz has taken the role of commander, and with it, a mountain of headaches. He expected threats from his enemies. He did not expect the largest headaches to come from within his own ranks. To make matters worse, the faded memories of Kaz's previous life are returning and what he sees haunts him. Queen Elyse's kingdom faces collapse at the hands of a civil war. While her army has been organizing to secure the crown against traitorous lords, she has worked at her role as queen. Suspicion of traitors among the ranks of her council threatens to undermine Elyse's authority when a chance for peace presents itself. A year after the events of "Rise and Fall," "Steel and Sorrow" is the second book in the "Blood and Tears Trilogy."