Ever since the "Lost" colony of Roanoke was kidnapped in 1588 and set down 200 light-years from Earth, humans and the golden-maned Wiyr have lived in peace. But then the blade that was 500 years in the falling, falls; and from Slashlark to Farfrom the ridges of Dare are loud with war!
It is a war to the finish, and worse; for the contract is broken, and even as the bend-glass swords are lifted to heaven, a great ship strides in from deepest space...
"Don't look so shocked," Polly said. "You're not bothered when the Wiyr go naked."
"But ... but ... but you're human!"
"Not according to the Mother Church," she said. "According to her, witches are outside the pale of humanity." She turned around slowly, and Jack felt astonishment ... and fear.
"SO it's true! he said. "There were witches among the Earth people brought to Dare by the Arra."