Okay, thank you all for your comments.
This version is a lot more spoilery. Too much so? You be the judge!
It’s a long way from the northern mountains back to the summer lands — and all the problems Aras left behind are waiting. Worse, no matter how Aras handles those problems, the summer king’s judgment of his actions is certain be harsh.
Released from every vow he ever swore to Aras, Ryo could stay with his own people. But he can’t let Aras face the coming confrontation alone — especially as the struggle they faced in the land of the shades still haunts them both.
But as they journey south, Ryo realizes that Aras may be losing control of his sorcery. Even if Ryo can persuade the summer king to moderate his judgment, that may be only the beginning of the challenges they face. If Aras’ strength of will fails, even Ugaro stubbornness may not be enough to prevent disaster …