Darkstalker is the first book of Wings of Fire: Legends, starring Clearsight, Fathom, and Darkstalker as the POVs. It is the true story of Darkstalker's past, describing who he really was. The cover art was revealed on the Wings of Fire forums on February 16, 2016 by Tui T. Sutherland herself. There is a preview to this book at the end of Deserter and Talons of Power.
There is also a Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition, which includes a Wings of Fire board game called Wings Over Pyrrhia.
Three dragons. One unavoidable, unpredictable destiny. This is the beginning . . . of the end.
In the SeaWing kingdom, a young prince learns he is an animus — capable of wonderful magic that comes with a terrible price.
In the mind of a NightWing dragonet, a thousand futures unfold — and almost all of them, she knows, lead to disaster and destruction.
And under three full moons and the watchful eyes of his NightWing mother and IceWing father, the most powerful dragon Pyrrhia will ever know is clawing his way out of his egg: Darkstalker, the dragon who will change the world forever.
Long before the SandWing war, lifetimes before the Dragonet Prophecy . . . darkness is born.
Quote on the back of the Hardcover Edit
He did not understand yet that he could see the future. He had no idea what the flashes meant. He couldn't follow the paths that were unfolding in his brain; cause and effect and consequences were all still beyond him. But in his mother's mind, he found the idea of hope, and in his father's mind, he traced the outline of something called patience.
He could wait.
"Darkstalker," said Mother. "Hello, darling." She held out her talons and he climbed into them willingly, curious to be closer to that warmth.
This is my mother. Those are my full moons.
This is my world now.
For Amanda, who is always wonderful, patient, funny, and brilliant -- thank you, thank you, thank you for EVERYTHING.
The story began with Prince Arctic brainstorming ideas in his room. He was talking with a first-circle IceWing that he forgot the name and identity of. Near the end of their conversation, he realized it was Snowflake, the dragon his mother arranged for him to marry. They then went outside on the balcony and met an incredibly talkative NightWing who was watching the sunset while trying to keep herself warm. She continuously complained about the cold and talked about how pretty everything was until Snowflake got annoyed and left. Arctic was left alone with her, and she unintentionally introduced herself as Foeslayer. The two communicated for a while, and after lots of complaining about the cold, Arctic enchanted one of his diamond earrings to keep her warm and gave it to her as a gift, breaking the IceWing animus rule of only being able to use his magic once for a glorious gift to the whole tribe. Arctic later escaped the Ice Kingdom with Foeslayer (see Runaway).
Part One Edit
Outside of the SeaWing palace, young dragonets lined up on the beach for the animus test, Prince Fathom among them. Albatross, his grandfather, who was an animus dragon was testing them on Queen Lagoon's orders, even though he didn't think any of them would be an animus. He told the dragonets to tell their coconut to hit him. At first, Fathom politely told his coconut to go hit his grandfather, but the coconut did not obey, after Indigo teasesd him, Fathom firmly commanded his coconut to hit his grandfather, and the coconut flew out of his talons and hit Albatross in the chest. Albatross then begrudgingly congratulated Fathom on his newfound powers, while strangling a seagull with a vine in the distance.
The story continued with Darkstalker's first memory. Darkstalker was still within his egg, and he heard Arctic and Foeslayer arguing in the excitement of the hatching of thrice-moonborn dragonets. A NightWing named Foreseer was mentioned to have predicted that Darkstalker was to hatch on the brightest night, stating that 'NightWing mothers always know'. Darkstalker heard the minds of his parents. Foeslayer's mind he described as worrying and protective, though angry, clearly his mother. Arctic's mind was described as angry and resentful, with a general bitter feeling to it. The bickering continued as Foeslayer moved Darkstalker's egg, along with another egg, outside, where they were set in a stable place somewhere high up. The argument escalated, and Darkstalker cracked his egg in an instinctive effort to protect his mother after he saw a vision of frozen claws and bloody scales. He freed himself from the egg, reaching for the moonlight's power. He found himself in a stone nest on a cliff jutting into the ocean, near a jagged landscape of caves and ravines. His mother immediately embraced him. Darkstalker now determined that Arctic was Foeslayer's partner and his father. Darkstalker immediately hated him but found that Arctic truly loved Foeslayer. Darkstalker began to explore the gift of precognition and saw futures where he could rise to be powerful alongside his sister, contained in the other egg in the nest. He realized that he could summon his sister out of her egg with his animus magic and grant her the abilities of the three moons as well, but he choose not to act because he wanted all of Foeslayer's love. His mother named him Darkstalker, despite his father's protests and arguments that it's a sinister name; Arctic finally agreed as long as he got to name the second dragonet Whiteout who, in the future, he loved more than Darkstalker.
A few days after the animus test, Fathom was summoned by Albatross for the first time. The messenger came as Fathom, Indigo, and Pearl were having a lesson in geography. He went even he though was reluctant to leave Indigo. They met alone at the sunset beach of the Island Palace. Albatross joked with him about one of his talons having more power than the other. Albatross took him to where the Summer Palace was growing. Fathom suggested the idea of enchanted plants for a canopy and went to try it out when a bush flew up and Indigo was revealed to be spying. Albatross threatened to tell Lagoon and punish her, but Indigo said that she was only worried about Fathom. When Fathom was going to try a spell Albatross claimed that he's tired and leaves. Fathom performed his first official spell (behind Albatross's back); enchanting a piece of bleached wood to carve itself into a sweet octopus. He brought it to life, giving it the "sweetest and most loyal, most agreeable personality of any pet in Pyrrhia". He then gave it to Indigo, who named it Blob.
Clearsight was in her private study room at the library writing down her visions of the future when her father came in. She greeted him without looking up and went back to studying her scrolls. Her father mentioned that she was too young to worry so much, but she replied that she should worry more. She thought about the upcoming Royal SeaWing Massacre, and how she didn't know much about it. She only knew that it would involve a lot of death. After a short conversation, Clearsight agreed to go to school when she's three. She then proceeded to work on the timeline scroll for the events that would take place at and after going to school. Clearsight also resigned her fate to be with Darkstalker, accepting this as the most probable route.
Darkstalker was flying to his home in the canyons, hearing the thoughts of his fighting parents. He came in and noticed Arctic and Foeslayer were fighting in front of Darkstalker's sister, Whiteout. The argument escalated and reached the point where Arctic revealed a message from Queen Diamond, asking for Arctic to come home, and that amnesty can be reached if he killed his dragonets.
Indigo and Fathom were getting ready for a party at the Island Palace with SkyWing guests, Princess Sunset and Eagle. They arrived at the party and Queen Lagoon introduced the SkyWings to Fathom and Manta. As Lagoon sent Indigo away, she told Fathom that he should stop spending time with Indigo. Then Lagoon told the SkyWings about her animus dragons, enraging the SkyWings. Albatross then arrived and Lagoon started talking to him about her future plans for his enchantments. Albatross told her he disagreed with her ideas and Lagoon threatened to get rid of him because she could use Fathom. This caused Albatross to slice Lagoon's throat with a knife, killing her and beginning the massacre.
Clearsight was getting ready for her first day of school, feeling terrified and excited at the same time. She was planning on tricking Darkstalker into thinking she didn't know him, but only by getting there early. She met Professor Truthfinder to find out her schedule, and was supposed to be in the same class as Darkstalker, but declined it, trying to avoid him as much as possible. After leaving the room, she found Darkstalker looking for her and tried to flag her down. Clearsight kept flying, going to the seer classroom. As she's flying, she had a vision of the Massacre going on, thinking about Fathom's sad futures, if he even survived. She soon found the seer classroom and proved to the class she was a talented seer. She realized this class wouldn't help her at all and worried about her future with Allknowing, knowing she was extremely resentful and envious of Clearsight's powers.
Fathom at first thought Albatross did it on accident, body frozen in place, then thought about either fighting or fleeing. Sunset and Eagle then attempted to flee, screaming out of fear. Albatross quickly attacked them with his enchanted knife, which hit Sunset in the neck and Eagle near his heart. Afterward, everyone panicked, fleeing as fast as they could. Splash then got killed after trying to spear Albatross. Fathom and Indigo then flee and hid under a boat, as Fathom didn't want to leave his family. Soon after, Albatross found them and confirmed Fathom's family was dead. Albatross went to kill Fathom but Indigo jumped in, with just enough time for Fathom to cast a spell to kill Albatross. Albatross had enough time to slit Indigo's throat, nearly killing her, but Fathom used his magic to heal her, leaving him wondering if he would ever become like Albatross.
Clearsight was shown being released out of Allknowing's class, and she found her way to Room 3A where she met Listener, her new best friend. Listener was a mind reader and she asked Clearsight not to tell her futures since her family was superstitious and would rather be surprised by life. Listener told Clearsight that she wanted to free the scavengers in their classroom because they're feeling sad. Then Whiteout approached Clearsight and asked her if she's the dragon Darkstalker had been waiting for. Clearsight replied yes, seeing that honesty was the best way to approach Whiteout. Once Clearsight was released out of class, she knew that she'd meet Darkstalker soon. Wanting to do it on her own terms, she waited in the shadow of a tree. Whiteout appeared, accidentally walking through a marble game. The frustrated players yelled insults at her, and Darkstalker appeared to defend his sister. Darkstalker scolded them and ended the discussion by saying that one of the dragonets was cheating, one of them only thought about his crush on her sister, and the other one was thoroughly sick of both. Darkstalker passed the tree Clearsight was under, and she stepped into his path. Whiteout keept going, but Darkstalker stopped and they started their first conversation. Darkstalker joked that he'd seen her before, on a fishing trip or on the queen's Council of Elders and Clearsight replied humorously that he's a terrible seer. She realized that this was the beginning of everything. Darkstalker reminded her to stay in the present, but Clearsight was sucked into a whirl of visions. When she's back, in reality, Darkstalker promised he'd never read her mind.
Darkstalker landed on Clearsight's porch in the middle of a terrible storm, wanting to go to the sea. Clearsight disagreed, wanting to stay inside and read a scroll, but eventually, went with him. Darkstalker stayed on the edges of Clearsight's mind, describing it as fascinating. They flew to a cave, seen in Clearsight's futures, and Clearsight asked him about being half IceWing. He showed her a ridge of IceWing scales on the underside of his wing, which were cold. She asked him what his first animus spell was, and he replied that he enchanted a scavenger doll of Whiteout's to appear at her pillow at the end of the day, no matter where she put it. Then they heard a moan. Going to investigate, they found Current, a SeaWing who survived the Massacre, in the back of the cave. Current told them about Albatross, and Clearsight reminded Darkstalker about his soul. Darkstalker reassured her that his soul was fine, and they went to get Current help. Then Darkstalker got the idea of enchanting a scroll to hold his powers.
Fathom was shown in the aftershock of the massacre. He, Indigo, and Pearl seemed to be the only royal SeaWing survivors, other than their mad aunt, Sapphire. Eagle of the SkyWings was also alive. Pearl, now queen, promised that the SeaWings would never encroach into SkyWing territory again with tributes of seafood and gems for the next five years if the SkyWings kept the massacre a secret. Pearl's first edict as the queen of the SeaWings was to outlaw animus magic. Fathom told Pearl that Indigo killed Albatross, and Fathom sweared an oath that he'd never use his magic again. Pearl also reminded him that he'd never have dragonets and that he'd have to stay away from Indigo. Painfully, Fathom agreed. Pearl comforted him by saying that she'd be put in the Royal Guard. Fathom sadly thought to himself that he deserved this pain.
Clearsight was in school, and Listener referred to Darkstalker as her stalker. Clearsight then asked Listener which dragon she's stalking, then Listener pointed out a dragon described as tall and elegantly handsome with an aloof expression Listener always fell for. Due to Listener's insistence on not listening to Clearsight's powers, Clearsight couldn't tell her that the dragon would later cheat and dump her. Listener darted away, and Darkstalker came up to Clearsight, looking excited, and invited her to his house. Clearsight agreed. On the way there, Darkstalker admitted to enchanting his nosy neighbors' plants to always grow turnips. Clearsight became worried, but Darkstalker took no notice and led her into his room, passing Whiteout's paintings on the way. Darkstalker, very excited, took out a scroll from the rack in his room, one of the other scrolls being a painting of Clearsight before he met her, and showed it to Clearsight. He asked her to guess what it was, then told her that the scroll was enchanted and held all his magic. He proved it to her, and Clearsight asked permission to look at the futures. Darkstalker nodded and Clearsight saw that some of the dark futures fade away. Delighted, they enchanted a moonstone bracelet for Clearsight to keep her mind safe from mind-readers, a blanket to keep the wearer at the perfect temperature, and their history book to read to them.
While listening to the scroll, Arctic came into the room and found out that Darkstalker was an animus. Darkstalker and Arctic had a cold, threatening conversation about the effects of animus magic. Clearsight then got a wave of visions and a prophecy for Arctic: Beware your two queens, beware your own power. Your claws will betray you in your final hour. Confused, Arctic wrote down the prophecy and mused over it, and Clearsight left, taking the scroll with her for safety.
A year after the massacre, Fathom was summoned to the throne room. The guards there were hostile, but obey Pearl. Indigo, now one of Queen Pearl's bodyguards, was in the room, along with Current, who couldn't handle the sight of Fathom and begged to be taken away. Queen Pearl told Fathom that there's a NightWing animus, Darkstalker, and wanted Fathom to go to Darkstalker to teach him how animus power can be harmful. Indigo burst into the conversation, warning Pearl that it might not be safe for Fathom. She then asked permission to accompany Fathom to the Night Kingdom. Pearl then allowed Indigo, Lionfish, and Wharf to go with Fathom to the Night Kingdom, however with Fathom feeling slightly guilty as they took off.
Part Two Edit
Darkstalker was invited to the palace two months after his father found out he was an animus. He suspected it would happen after the conversation his parents had with him that evening. Arctic had said that Darkstalker had been hiding something from them, and Foeslayer guessed it was Clearsight, who had been there earlier. He said that Foeslayer would like her, and Whiteout agreed. Frustrated, Arctic revealed that Darkstalker was an animus. Foeslayer was more accepting of the idea of Darkstalker being an animus, while Arctic wanted to find a way to limit his power. Darkstalker then stated that Arctic couldn't afford to do any more enchantments, otherwise, he would lose what he had left of his soul. Foeslayer came up with the idea of telling Queen Vigilance, and then she and Arctic spoke in private afterward. It soon became known around the tribe that Darkstalker was the tribe's first animus. Whiteout couldn't keep secrets, and soon everyone at school started to respect Darkstalker more.
Preparing for the welcoming party, Darkstalker took his enchanted, silver, snake earring that made him seem more handsome and charming, along with his silver tailband that would kill the dragon he touched it with. Him, Arctic, and Foeslayer went to the welcoming party for the SeaWings, Whiteout being left behind. Queen Vigilance then took Darkstalker to meet Fathom, also seeing Indigo with the other guards. Fathom was described as oddly anxious, and Darkstalker later found out that it's because it was at a party just like this one that the SeaWing massacre occurred. He also noticed that Indigo meant more to Fathom than just a guard. Feeling Fathom's increasing anxiety, he took them for a short flight with his guests thinking nervous thoughts.
They landed on a small island, and Darkstalker explained that he was saving them from the awful party. Fathom asked if Darkstalker knew why he's here, and Darkstalker replied that it's because they're both animus dragons. Indigo, hostile, snapped back that it's to make sure he doesn't turn into Albatross. Darkstalker replied that he's actually delightful and that if Fathom was so worried, he should make something like a soul reader. Fathom shook his head, his mind thinking terrified thoughts. Darkstalker tried to soothe him by saying that he could make it himself, but Fathom replied that he came here to help Darkstalker stop using his magic. Darkstalker said that Fathom doesn't have to be this miserable and that he should enchant an earring that makes him stop thinking about it so much. Indigo immediately wondered if he's working any magic on them. Fathom said he has to remember what happened so he wouldn't use any magic. Darkstalker replied that he could make Fathom happy, which made Indigo press a knife against Darkstalker's neck. She warned Fathom that Darkstalker was messing with his head and that she should kill him now. Fathom argued that Darkstalker hasn't done anything bad yet and that he wanted to get to know him. Indigo added that Darkstalker might be a mind reader, to which Darkstalker innocently agreed. Indigo, alarmed, replies that if Albatross could read their minds, they'd be dead by now. Fathom soothed Indigo, and Darkstalker decided not to kill her, for now. Indigo hesitantly stepped back, and Darkstalker continued showing them the Night Palace.
Clearsight and Listener were shown on their quest to save the scavengers. Clearsight was nervous about this, but Listener encouraged her by saying that they were heroes. Listener said that she tried to convince Truthfinder to let the scavengers free, but all Truthfinder said was that it made them fascinating subjects. The dragonets discussed how to free the scavengers, and they eventually stuffed the scavengers into sacks. The scavengers screamed and panicked. Clearsight and Listener tried to hurry, but the scavengers helped each other in trying to escape.
Eventually, they brought the scavengers to the North Beach and let them free, although some scavengers threw rocks as soon as they are liberated. Clearsight felt a pulling at the threads and pulled Listener down. A ripple passed across the ocean and an IceWing appeared. It ate one of the scavengers, and soon one of its companions joins them. The second IceWing snarled at him and told him to get back into the water. Seeing the future, Clearsight found out that they were planning an invasion. Frightened, Listener told Clearsight that although she didn't like prophecies and such, she'd want to know if her family was in danger and had to leave. Clearsight agreed and felt that the dark futures got darker.
Fathom and Indigo were shown lost in the hallways of the Night Palace while trying to find their suite. Eventually, they found a NightWing who led them there. Fathom noticed that she changed when other dragons were around; she became taller, and her voice became more commanding. At their suite, they found Wharf and Lionfish sleeping. Indigo started to lecture them but Fathom interjected that it was a long flight and to let them rest. Indigo began to search the room for threats, and Fathom quietly said that he's the only threat here, because of his magic. Indigo replied that he's not a threat to her. Fathom argued that he's a threat especially to her because no matter how many oaths he swore to, she's the only dragon who could make him use his powers again. She replied that she trusted him. After a moment, he said that he should go to bed, to which Indigo agreed and said she'd sleep by the door to keep him safe. Worries flooded Fathom's mind until he finally fell asleep.
After the party, Darkstalker proceeded to go home at about sunrise. He went inside to find his parents and sister were all sleeping. He proceeded to his room and reflected on how Indigo attacked him. This made him extremely paranoid, making him fear all the ways he could be killed. Darkstalker decided to enchant something to make him invulnerable, but he didn't want to make it a piece of jewelry as it would make Indigo too suspicious. Then, he decided to enchant his scales to make him invulnerable to any kind of attack. To test his spell he stabbed himself with a dagger, and the spell worked, rebounding the dagger easily. The idea of a soul reader then came to his mind.
Clearsight was in the palace, about to tell the queen about her vision at north beach, with Darkstalker by her side. Two guards ushered her inside. Inside the throne room, she saw Vigilance and Allknowing. She told the queen of her vision of an IceWing invasion, starting at North Beach during the next two new moons. Queen Vigilance was surprised that it wasn't a prophecy. Because of the clarity of her vision, she made Clearsight the new top seer. When the meeting was over, she saw Fathom in the palace. She ran to him only to have Indigo stop her, and she quickly apologized.
Darkstalker proceeded to show all of them the soul reader he made. First, he pointed it at Clearsight with the result of a large pile of black sand and a tiny scattering of white sand. The soul reader was an hourglass with a telescope attached to it while containing black sand and white sand. In order to use it, he had to point a telescope at a dragon and the hourglass showed his or her distribution of white sand and black sand in the hourglass. If the white sand (representing the IceWings) outweighed the black sand (representing the NightWings), it meant the dragon was tipping towards evil. However, if the hourglass showed more black sand than white sand, it meant the dragon he was pointing to was good. Not knowing about Darkstalker's scroll enchantment, Fathom worried about Darkstalker's soul. Darkstalker then proclaimed that it was only a little enchantment and didn't cost that much of his soul. Darkstalker asked Clearsight to point it at him. When the soul reader was still taking a long time calculating, Clearsight nervously joked that Darkstalker confused it. Darkstalker shrugged, saying that it took a while sometimes. Finally, the soul reader stopped, giving out a measure of black and white sand. The black sand outweighed the white sand, but the white sand was a bit more than Clearsight's reading. Clearsight assured herself that Darkstalker wasn't completely evil, and Darkstalker said the same, except with more confidence, and told Fathom there's nothing to worry about. Then, Clearsight pointed it at Fathom. However, Indigo jumped in front of Fathom, saying that it could be enchanted to do something to Fathom, and the soul reader landed on her, showing that Indigo had the same results as Clearsight's.
Fathom reassured her that he wanted to see it for himself, and Indigo reluctantly moved away. Soon, the soul reader landed on Fathom, showing that Fathom wasn't evil as well. They advised Clearsight to take a break, but she had so much on her plate. He said that Fathom's power was a gift, and he shouldn't be so terrified of it. Then Darkstalker shot a hostile look at Indigo, saying that it wasn't not a trick, and his intentions were only to make Fathom happy. Indigo sharply replied that she believed Fathom could be happy without any magic. Clearsight was uncomfortable with the energy that vibrated between Darkstalker and Indigo, sensing a sudden vision of a world with no Indigo with it. She reassured herself, reminding that she would never let that happen and fix the problem. Changing the subject and attempting to distract Darkstalker and Indigo, she suggested going to a beach. With that, the tension gave way a little bit, and they lifted off to the sky to the beach. Clearsight reminded herself again that she would not let the dark visions win.
Weeks passed by, strengthening Fathom's friendship with Darkstalker and Clearsight. He still didn't forget his mission, and constantly checked on Darkstalker. One evening, he found the soul reader on his desk with a note from Darkstalker that said Fathom's mind should stop worrying so much and he could use the soul reader whenever he wanted. Indigo said that it was very suspicious, saying that it was probably enchanted to show that Darkstalker was always good or whenever Fathom touched it, it made him trust Darkstalker even more. Darkstalker suddenly appeared, standing over the balcony, saying that Indigo was paranoid and clever and that they're lucky that Indigo isn't an animus with ideas like that. He then mentioned that he used it once Arctic already, saying that Arctic was almost as bad as Darkstalker thought. Fathom tipped the soul reader to Darkstalker, and it showed the same results as last time. Darkstalker grinned, saying that he was totally not evil and should bother Clearsight.
When they arrived at Clearsight's door, she refused to come out and stated that she needed to finish a report on the next year of IceWing maneuvers. But Darkstalker pointed out that it's Clearsight's Hatching Day tomorrow. They flew out and went into a forest, where they built a fire and ate fruits that Darkstalker brought. Darkstalker was about to give them their presents when Fathom told him to wait. Because Fathom didn't have any gifts, he took a piece of wood from the forest and whittled a NightWing. Clearsight exclaimed that it looked just like Listener, and Darkstalker asked Fathom to make him a SeaWing later when he had the time. Darkstalker then gave Clearsight and Fathom each a Dreamvisitor, keeping one for himself. He explained that it would allow the carrier to walk the dreams of any dragon the carrier had seen or known and that it would connect the three friends so that however far apart they are, they would always be together.
Fathom was unsure and was about to give his Dreamvisitor back when Clearsight suddenly had a vision of Foeslayer in danger. Darkstalker asked Fathom to go back to the palace on his own and flew off with Clearsight. Fathom then realized he never had the chance to give back the Dreamvisitor.
Clearsight and Darkstalker found Whiteout keening in distress as Arctic yelled about her screaming. Darkstalker found out from Arctic's mind that Foeslayer had another fight with him and that she flew off again. Darkstalker was about to enchant a silver armband to protect Foeslayer when he realized that Foeslayer already had the diamond earring Arctic had enchanted and given her in the beginning. But then he saw in Arctic's mind that before Foeslayer flew off, she had flung the earring at Arctic, saying that she didn't love him for his animus magic and that she loved him more than anything.
Arctic was convinced that Foeslayer would fly back for the earring but after Darkstalker enchanted a piece of paper to show where Foeslayer was, Clearsight realized that Queen Diamond must've used her animus magic to call Foeslayer back to wherever she was as Foeslayer was flying straight towards the IceWing camp in the desert. Darkstalker wanted to kill Queen Diamond right away with his animus magic, but Clearsight warned him that Queen Diamond's only heir, Snowfox, hated the NightWings and that she would lead to four highly possible futures of a NightWing genocide. Whiteout said that "The hole is too big, we're going to fall into it forever." Darkstalker comforted her and said that it's not forever and that they would see Foeslayer one day. Whiteout cried and said that "only one of us will, depending on who loses the future." Darkstalker realized that Foeslayer was gone and it was Arctic's fault.
Clearsight went to the library and looked for clues on animus magic, Queen Vigilance saw her and talked about the fact that she had three animus dragons (Fathom, Darkstalker, Arctic) and still didn't win the war. Clearsight pointed out that Fathom wouldn't use his animus powers and Arctic shouldn't. She also said that animus magic could be unpredictable and that she hadn't calculated them into the future. Queen Vigilance called for Darkstalker and ordered Clearsight to start calculating. When Darkstalker arrived, Queen Vigilance asked him to give some ideas on how to end the war. Darkstalker showed her some examples of what he can do, such as enchanting a stick so that when it's snapped, every IceWing in Pyrrhia would drop dead. Eventually, they settled on an invisible shield around the NightWing kingdom that made every IceWing that tried to enter die.
When the queen left, Clearsight confronted Darkstalker, asking him what he was thinking. Darkstalker told her that he wanted to teach the IceWings a lesson and he wanted to scare them into giving Foeslayer back. Clearsight told him that she couldn't see any futures where Foeslayer came back. Darkstalker admitted that he couldn't see any either, and that he had used his Dreamvisitor to try and enter Foeslayer's dreams but that he couldn't see anything. He said that he could enchant something to find out for sure, but he didn't want anything to tell him that Foeslayer was dead. Clearsight told him that their bright futures were disappearing. Darkstalker begged her not to give up on him and to focus on their remaining bright paths. Clearsight nodded, just to make him feel better, but she couldn't believe in any bright futures with Darkstalker's sketch of dead IceWings on the table right beside them.
The part ends in Fathom's point of view, showing him in his room with Indigo and Wharf, wishing that he and Indigo were alone. He wanted to tell her all that was worrying him, but the only thing at the moment was Darkstalker, who was insisting that his mother would return home soon in a weird state of mourning. Clearsight had joined him for dinner (breakfast for her) and began to talk about her powers as a seer, saying how she can see so many possible futures but she can't change something once it's in the past. Darkstalker then comes in, asking Fathom if he wants to watch a lightning storm from the Royal Tower, to which Indigo objects, saying it was the exact wrong place to be in a lightning storm. Fathom then remembers to give Darkstalker a SeaWing statue he had made for him, but as he gives it to Darkstalker, he notices an odd expression on his face. In return, Darkstalker tries to give him a goblet made of "shimmering sea-green glass" and he notes that he gave Clearsight a pair of moonstone earrings as well.
Fathom carries the goblet over to the fountain to fill it with water, only for Indigo knock into him and shatter the goblet into pieces. When Darkstalker berates her for it, she accuses him of putting a spell on the cup in order to do something to Fathom. Darkstalker insists it was not animus-touched and calls her "Violet", which Fathom corrects. Indigo still insists Darkstalker did something to the goblet, something horrible and manipulative, but Fathom insists that Darkstalker wouldn't do that. Fathom says Indigo was being a good bodyguard, but honestly, Fathom is shown to be pretty upset at her.
Fathom then goes with Darkstalker to the Royal Tower to watch the lightning storm, but instead of taking Indigo with him, Fathom takes Wharf with him, to which Indigo is clearly startled and hurt at.
After watching the lightning storm, Fathom returns to find out that Indigo is gone, and Darkstalker shows him a letter on a desk in Indigo's handwriting, saying that she's going home because she doesn't feel safe here and asks Fathom not to use his magic to find her. Fathom is shocked, noting it didn't feel like something she'd do at all.
Fathom asks if Darkstalker minds if he keeps the letter, to which Darkstalker shows brief hesitation, but Darkstalker then pulls him into a hug, causing Fathom to decide he must have imagined it. Fathom decided it must have probably been for the best, as Indigo was now safe from animus magic forever.
Part Three Edit
The part began with Listener and Clearsight at Clearsight's home in the palace looking out the window. Listener mentioned that she could see the whole Great Diamond from the window and they both looked down at the party below. She then told Clearsight about her latest crush on a NightWing called Thoughtful. Clearsight and Listener met up with Darkstalker, Fathom, and Whiteout in a game pavilion when they were in the middle of a scales-and-squares game. They greeted their friends and then Listener whispered loudly at Clearsight "There's Thoughtful!" Clearsight looked at him and saw two different futures, one with Listener as his love, and the other with Whiteout. She introduced him to Whiteout to change his future. Clearsight then saw Arctic watching them from the shadows. Before Clearsight could wonder why he was there, a different dragon lunged out of the shadows and stabbed a spear right into Darkstalker's heart. However, because of Darkstalker's invulnerability spell, he survived the attack. Lionfish, one of Fathom's guards, lunged at the attacker and quickly killed him.
Listener, Clearsight's friend, started freaking out, claiming the spear hit him right in the heart. Darkstalker, not wanting to reveal his invulnerability spell as he knew Clearsight wouldn't approve and Fathom would freak out, said that he guessed that the assassin missed. Listener said that he didn't miss and asked Clearsight what she saw and Clearsight replied that she didn't know. Listener roared with frustration and then left. Darkstalker said it wasn't a big deal and then said he would like to know who the assassin was. Clearsight added that she wanted to know why he tried to kill Darkstalker. Darkstalker said pointedly to Lionfish, "Too bad he's dead and can't answer any of my questions," and Lionfish said sorry without any actual repentance. Thoughtful then indicated that he knew him by reputation and said his name was Quickdeath, also indicating that he was a killer for hire. Clearsight then asked if somebody sent Quickdeath to kill Darkstalker, and Darkstalker said that he failed. Clearsight said that maybe the dragon would try again, and that she felt like there were bad branching paths for the future, all blurry. Darkstalker confidently said that they would find out who hired Quickdeath and stop them from trying again to kill him again. His eyes, described by Fathom as onyx beads, reminded Fathom of his grandfather. Lionfish said that they should go back to the castle and Clearsight, Darkstalker, Fathom, and Lionfish went back to Fathom's room. Fathom worried about Darkstalker's soul the whole way there.
In the room, Darkstalker tells Lionfish that he can leave and that Darkstalker will protect Fathom. Lionfish leaves, and Clearsight then more privately accuses Darkstalker of his miraculous survival saying Listener was right about it hitting him in the heart. Darkstalker admits to his invulnerability spell. Fathom checks the soul reader, and Darkstalker says that he made the invulnerability before he made the soul reader, so it was going to read the same thing. This was true, however, there appeared to be more white sand than there was before. Fathom is still scared for Darkstalker, and Clearsight tells Darkstalker to tell Fathom about the scroll.
Darkstalker is surprised and asks if that is safe, to which Clearsight responds that Darkstalker shows it to him in all the good futures. Darkstalker says that he also shows it to him in the bad futures, too. Clearsight tells him that Fathom isn't the one who turns them bad. Darkstalker scowls at her and sarcastically says that her faith in him is heartwarming. Fathom notices Blob underneath his blankets and quickly hides him from Darkstalker and Clearsight. Fathom starts getting worried about Indigo because he knows that she cares about Blob and wouldn't leave him.
Darkstalker flies away at sunrise, and he is reflecting on his talk with Fathom about the scroll. Darkstalker thinks that he expected a little more excitement and gratitude because he'd thought that Fathom would be delighted to find a way to use his magic without damaging his soul, and instead, he had been unconvinced that it wasn't affecting Darkstalker's soul at all.
Darkstalker starts trying to figure out why Arctic would try to kill him, and he swoops into his house. He notices Whiteout sitting on their couch turning a glass seashell pendant on a necklace from the jubilee and Darkstalker asks if she is dreaming of Thoughtful, referring to him as her 'new admirer'. Whiteout replies that she is and isn't thinking of him and that she does like him. Darkstalker asks if she wants him to try and foresee what will happen with them, and she replies, "No, thank you," which is such an abnormal response for her that Darkstalker asks if she is all right. She replies that she feels funny and all her words are coming out wrong. Darkstalker thinks that they were coming out right for once, and that is not how Whiteout normally talks. He asks Whiteout if Arctic is home and she says yes.
Darkstalker walks to Arctic's room and tells him that he is alive and says that he saw Arctic at the pavilion watching. Arctic asks Darkstalker to explain why the spear bounced off his scales. Instead of answering, Darkstalker asks if he knew the dragon who attacked him. Arctic says that he'd seen him around court but had never spoken to him, and Darkstalker sees a brief memory of passing Quickdeath in the halls of the palace but nothing else. Darkstalker asks Arctic why he thought that Quickdeath tried to kill him. Arctic replies that he thinks it's because Darkstalker is an arrogant fool, and probably insulted him at one point or another. He also thinks that Quickdeath was an idiot for thinking that killing an animus would be that easy, and he couldn't have killed Arctic that way either if he'd been wearing his shielding earring. Darkstalker wonders which earring it is. Darkstalker replies that Arctic is probably right, which he thinks is highly suspicious. As Darkstalker is leaving, Arctic thinks that he should act soon before anyone can stop him.
Darkstalker concludes that he isn't the one who hired Quickdeath and then goes to his room and asks himself who else other than Arctic would want him dead. His thoughts go to Indigo and he thinks, Dragons who try to kill me don't fare too well, don't they, SeaWing?, foreshadowing that Darkstalker did something to Indigo. He enchants a piece of parchment to reveal the name of the dragon who tried to kill him and then freezes with surprise at what the scroll says. The chapter ends with him thinking, Oh yes, there are definitely going to be consequences. Now I know who has to pay.
Clearsight wakes up in her room at the palace with a huge headache from her horrible nightmares about Darkstalker turning evil. After replacing her earrings, which had slipped half-off in the night, Clearsight reassures herself that the argument from the night before didn't mean that any of the bad futures were going to actually happen, and a quick glance at the future reassures herself of this. She stumbles over to the window and spots Queen Vigilance and Allknowing strolling in the garden and having a conversation. Confused on why Allknowing was there after she was fired, Clearsight hurries down to the garden to talk to the queen. Queen Vigilance asks Clearsight about her visions, to which Clearsight responds that her previous visions still stand. Vigilance then asks if she has had any visions about Darkstalker, and Clearsight says that most of her visions about Darkstalker involve their future together and their dragonets. The queen unexpectedly demands to know if Clearsight has seen how she dies, and which one of those futures is the closest. Clearsight says that there are some possibilities. Allknowing asks why she hadn't mentioned it, and Clearsight says that it would be at least ten years before an heir would try to challenge her for the throne. Allknowing smirks triumphantly and mocks her, telling her not to hurt herself.
Queen Vigilance orders Allknowing to "share your mumbo-jumbo," and Allknowing does so gleefully, sharing is a prophecy about Darkstalker coming to kill the queen and seize the throne for his own. Clearsight protests that Allknowing is making the prophecy up and that Darkstalker isn't a threat, but the queen doesn't believe her and tells her that she's so enchanted by her love that she wouldn't be able to see it anyway. Clearsight realizes that this could be true- that her earrings could be enchanted by Darkstalker. She unclips the earrings and drops them on the ground, and she's flooded with terrible futures of Darkstalker killing the queen, NightWings fleeing by the thousands, and Darkstalker with a crown and killing with ease, all about to happen if she doesn't stop them. Bewildered, Clearsight asks the queen whether she sent Quickdeath to kill Darkstalker, and when she responds that she couldn't have done anything else, after Allknowing's prophecy, Clearsight calls her a fool and that Darkstalker might not have come for her if she hadn't, but now it was too late. The queen, furious, orders her guards to arrest her, but Clearsight evades them and flies away, yelling back to the queen that she'll fix everything.
A moment later, wingbeats come up alongside her and Clearsight nearly strikes the dragon flying up next to her before realizing it's Fathom. He asks her what's going on, and Clearsight tells him the queen tried to kill Darkstalker, and in turn, Darkstalker is coming to kill her. For a moment, Fathom is hesitant to believe this and says that Darkstalker might forgive her since he forgave Indigo. Clearsight suddenly realizes that Darkstalker might not have forgiven Indigo and that he did something to her, but before she can tell Fathom this, they spot Darkstalker. Clearsight signals for them to land on a nearby roof to talk.
As they touch down, Clearsight says to Darkstalker that she isn't going to let him kill the queen. Darkstalker smirks at her and tells her that Vigilance started it, and she and Fathom plead with Darkstalker to help turn things back the way they were so that the queen can trust them again. Darkstalker refuses and tells Clearsight that they'll always be in danger from Vigilance unless he kills her or enchants Clearsight's scales to be invulnerable as well. Clearsight snaps that she would never let him do that, and says that she can't believe he betrayed her by putting a spell on her and messing with her power. Darkstalker dismisses this easily, saying that it was just a tiny little spell that just made them happier and life much easier, and adds that he was double-checking her work. He spreads his wings to go kill the queen, but Clearsight tackles him, pinning him to the roof. A vision suddenly sweeps over them of Arctic taking Whiteout to the Ice Kingdom, and Darkstalker and Clearsight fly off to save her, with a confused Fathom right behind them.
As they fly out of the Night Kingdom and towards the Kingdom of Sand, Fathom notices dead IceWing bodies that lay sprawled near the Nightwing border. He asks Clearsight about it, and she states that Darkstalker had put a border shield that kills any IceWings that try to enter the kingdom. Horrified, Fathom continues in silence. After flying in the Kingdom of Sand for a while, Clearsight says that they could be anywhere. Darkstalker takes out his scroll and Clearsight questions what he's going to do with it. He responds saying that it wasn't what she thought and enchants a dagger to stab Arctic's foot, not killing him but forcing him to stop. A few moments passed, and Darkstalker remembers that he has an enchanted earring that protects him. He enchanted a beetle to take the earring off, then the dagger flies off. Darkstalker follows it, with Fathom and Clearsight close behind.
They find Arctic with Whiteout peering at his injured foot. Arctic tells Darkstalker to let them go, as he had spared him. Darkstalker asks where Arctic was bringing Whiteout, and Arctic says that Whiteout wants to go with her. Whiteout agrees, and Fathom could see there was something wrong with her voice. Whiteout even jerks away from Clearsight, staying near Arctic. Arctic says that Whiteout would marry an IceWing princess, not a lowborn Nightwing. Whiteout agrees. Darkstalker states that Whiteout would be even more miserable at the IceWing palace than Arctic was in the Night Kingdom. Arctic then replies that he is doing this for Foeslayer, saying that Queen Diamond would let her go if she had Arctic. Darkstalker objects calmly that he is doing it for himself- that he has no reason to stay in the Night Kingdom now that Foeslayer was gone, that he is taking his chance to go home. Darkstalker also says that Arctic will most likely reveal the NightWing secrets, and also might use his powers again to attack the NightWings. Fathom could see from Clearsight's expression that it was true. Arctic says that he would only do so for Whiteout, and to leave before Queen Diamond's army finds them. Whiteout states that she wants to go with Arctic, and that she doesn't even like Darkstalker. Darkstalker realizes Arctic had been enchanted, and grabs his scroll. He tells Arctic that he made the mistake of not killing Darkstalker before he left. Arctic snarls saying that no matter what Darkstalker thought of his soul, he wouldn't kill his own son. He stood up, then asked what Darkstalker was writing. Clearsight pleaded Darkstalker to stop. Fathom wondered if he could stop Darkstalker, but it was too late, as he had already finished writing.
Darkstalker tells Arctic to stop talking, and when he opened his mouth, nothing came out. He then tells him to never use his magic and to never hurt him or his friends ever again. Arctic lashed his tail in silent rage. Fathom asked Darkstalker what he had done, and spotted Clearsight with her face buried in her talons. Darkstalker ignored Fathom and continued, telling Arctic to release the spell he had put on Whiteout. He grabbed the golden glass shell necklace she was wearing, smashing it. Whiteout gasped, as though she had just woken up. She cried that it was too late- that the sand was falling. Darkstalker tries to reassure her, but she just says that she is thankful for being unfrozen, but is sorry for winning. Darkstalker says that she shouldn't be and that he can give him and his friends the best future. Darkstalker sees Fathom and Clearsight’s panicked and concerned faces and tells them to calm down, since he saved the day. Clearsight responds that she wanted to see the scroll, and Darkstalker hands it to her. Fathom felt like he should know what it said, but he read it anyway. It said: Enchant Arctic the IceWing to obey my every command. Fathom and Clearsight were shocked. The chapter ends with Fathom wondering if it would ever stop.
Darkstalker compliments himself internally about how well he has been handling his temper. He orders Arctic to follow them to the Night Kingdom. Clearsight says that they should rest, though Darkstalker knows that she is trying to push them into a different timeline, and refuses. The start to fly back to the kingdom. Darkstalker lands on a stage at the Great Diamond, ordering Arctic to stand beside him. Clearsight sent Fathom back to the palace, then she and Darkstalker hug, talking about the different timelines. Knowing she couldn't stop him, she steps away, her wings folded close and shaking. Meanwhile, dragons had started to gather, and Darkstalker addresses them all. Darkstalker starts interrogating Arctic, who was forced to tell the truth due to the spell Darkstalker had cast on him. Arctic reveals he was going to give Whiteout to the IceWings so they can breed more animi into the royal family, and that he was going to see if Foeslayer was alive, and would give the IceWings a map of the Nightwing kingdom- plus how to get in- in exchange for Foeslayer's life. The crowd is shocked, along with Whiteout and Clearsight. Darkstalker then commands Arctic to kneel before him, admitting he is the greatest and the best animus of all time. Then, Arctic is told to cut off his tongue, which the crowd stared in horror. Then, Arctic was commanded to rip open his stomach, which he does, swiftly killing him. Darkstalker turns to find Whiteout crying, but Clearsight gone. Whiteout tells him that Clearsight had taken his scroll and that she wanted to meet him at Agate Mountain. Darkstalker realizes in shock as he realized he couldn't trust Clearsight with his scroll, and that perhaps there wouldn't be a queen on the throne beside him.
It was back to before Arctic's death. Clearsight crept away from the crowd. She runs into Listener, who exclaims that Clearsight's 'boyfriend' was a psycho, just as she thought. She then comforts Clearsight once she realizes she is crying. Clearsight asks Lister about her promise, that she wouldn't tell her the future unless it had something to do with saving her family- something really bad. Listener listens with fear, asking what was going to happen. Clearsight is unsure, as there is so much darkness in the timelines now. She tells Listener that if she ever believed her, then she was to find her parents, her family, and possibly the queen, and leave the Night Kingdom. To fly as far as possible, where nobody would ever, ever find them. Clearsight realized she had caught some other dragons' attention, and they were listening intently. Clearsight and Listener hugs, and Clearsight thanks Listener for being her, and for being her friend. She leaves, heading for Fathom's room.
Clearsight finds Fathom pacing anxiously. Clearsight gives him the scroll to find a way to stop Darkstalker, but Fathom refuses to use it, as he suspects it may be enchanted to tell him when someone uses it, and so he says he will use his own power. Clearsight objects at first, saying that it would break his oath, though she knows that the thread of hope in the timelines was wavering, so she agrees. Fathom uses her moonstone bracelet to put an enchantment on, one that only works on Darkstalker. Clearsight thanks Fathom as he gives the bracelet back, and tells him that she is worried Darkstalker had enchanted Indigo somehow. She then tells him that afterwards, he is to hide the scroll, but no matter what he was not to break it. She leaves, saying goodbye to Fathom. She flies away to Agate mountain, clinging onto the only thread of hope she has left.
Fathom was thinking about what Clearsight had said. That Darkstalker had dome something to Indigo. Fathom refuses the fact that Indigo is dead. He starts to read the scroll, finding small enchantments for his mother, and one enchantment that made a bell ring when Fathom was ever sad or lonely. Fathom felt guilt deep within him, though he knew Darkstalker had done some horrible things too. Fathom read the entire scroll, but nothing had something to do with a dragon disappearing. He noticed that Darkstalker had started to put spaces in his scroll, and Fathom wondered why Darkstalker hadn't used every inch. He realizes that he was using his night vision to read, and brings a candle over. Dark shapes flutter over the scroll, and Fathom is shocked to find out Darkstalker had used invisible ink. He saw his immortality spell, the spell on Clearsight's earrings, and, to Fathom's horror, an enchantment on the goblet that Indigo had smashed, and enchantment to make him stop loving Indigo and decide to use his magic. He feels guilty for being mad at her, as she had saved him. he found an enchantment on a dagger to go killing a single IceWing every full moon, leaving a carving of a message near the body that tells them that Darkstalker is coming and will kill them all. The enchantment was made to last a year, or until Darkstalker called it back. Enchantments to torment the classmates he didn't like in creative ways, nightmares that are sent to Queen Diamond about ways he would kill her. Then, Fathom spotted something so startling he nearly burned the paper in the candle.
It was an enchantment, and enchantment that said: Enchant this pebble so that when it rolls into the same room as Indigo the SeaWing, she shall be instantly trapped in the small wooden carving of a dragon made for me by Fathom., and right below that was: Enchant this piece of paper to look like a note written in Indigo's handwriting, with a short, believable message saying she's leaving Fathom and not coming back. Fathom hurried to the carving he had made, picking it up. He called to Indigo, apologizing. He decides to use his magic again and commands the carving to return Indigo to him. Then the carving went warm, and when Fathom put it on the ground, it grew and shifted into Indigo. Indigo stretched, asking if she had fallen asleep. She then notices Fathom is crying and asks him about it. Fathom whispers that Indigo didn't leave him, and she says that she never would and never will. Fathom confesses that he loves her and that he never wanted to be without her again. She agrees, twining their tails together. Fathom explains that something bad was happening, and tells her that he had used his magic. He gives the soul reader to Indigo, but she throws it into the fountain. She demands to know what he did, claiming that she knew Fathom's soul better than any enchanted hourglass did. He says he made an enchantment to stop Darkstalker and an enchantment to bring Indigo back. He claims that he's evil- that his soul is gone- and tell Indigo to stay away from him. Indigo roars that using his magic doesn't make him evil- if he did evil things he would be evil. They start to argue, and Indigo says that he managed to stop two evil animus dragons. Fathom says that it was maybe two evil animus dragons as Clearsight was still going to stop Darkstalker. Indigo asks why he hadn't said that first, and finds Blob. They all flew away, side by side.
Darkstalker met Clearsight at Agate mountain. He notices that she didn't bring his scroll with her, and he wonders why she stole it if she didn't use it. Clearsight gives a fact that Agate mountain wouldn't be the tallest mountain much longer, as there would be an earthquake and a whole side of the mountain would fall. Darkstalker accuses her of using that as a metaphor- the most powerful dragon falling and another to take his place. Clearsight responds that it was something that will happen in the future. Darkstalker insists that he can easily enchant the mountain to never fall. He insists he can make their future turn out how they want, but Clearsight responds, "Not if we want different things."
Darkstalker insists that they're so close to their happy future, stating all his enemies are dead. Clearsight asks if that includes Indigo, leading Darkstalker to wonder if she knew. Darkstalker decides she was guessing and continues to lie, replying that she left and he had nothing to do with it. Clearsight than turns to the sunrise, saying that his descent into malice perhaps began when he lied to her for the first time, losing Foeslayer and not being able to do anything about it, or all the small moments when she felt threatened or powerless, and all the things he did to fight his feelings. Darkstalker replies by saying everything he did was for a good reason.
Clearsight continues, saying that maybe his malice was maybe always a part of him, something he inherited from his father along with his animus powers, and maybe he was always going to turn out this way no matter what she did. In reply, Darkstalker lunges toward her in fury, grabbing her wrist and twisting it painfully. He claims he doesn't need saving and he's nothing like his father, demanding Clearsight for his scroll back.
Clearsight, however, slips the moonstone braclet off her and onto his arm, putting Darkstalker to sleep. Clearsight then kneels beside him, resting her talons lightly on his neck. Clearsight drags Darkstalker far back into the cave, tears falling from her eyes. Clearsight rolls Darkstalker against the back wall and checked the bracelet to make sure it was securely fastened around Darkstalker's arm. Then she filled in the cave with boulders from the hillside, piling them up to hide Darkstalker inside. When that was done, she found another mountain where she could watch and wait for the earthquake to come. She thought about all the futures she saw, and she grieved the fact that in the end, Darkstalker and her never had a happy future, never getting married or having dragonets together. She saw possible futures where if she returns to the NightWing tribe, dangerous things happen, one of them Clearsight missing Darkstalker so much that the temptation to return and release him became too strong. She even considers staying with him and lying down in the path of the avalanche and wait to die.
Clearsight remembered a long-ago dream that came from a scroll she used to read, stories about the lost continent and secret tribes of dragons that lived there. She could see a future where she was an explorer, going out and finding new worlds and places no NightWing had ever been or imagined. She knew that the future was in her talons now, and she could do anything she wanted to do.
The epilogue takes place five years after Darkstalker is stopped in Indigo's point of view. Clearpool, the daughter of Indigo and Fathom, is screaming, stamping her feet furiously when she fails to catch a fish. Indigo calmly replies for her to be patient. Clearpool says she was, yelling she "waited and waited and then pounced and it got away". Indigo then says she missed one of her waits, and Clearpool splashes away, leaping over crabs and kicking sand in a hole her brothers were digging. Cowrie tells her to "get her big galumphing talons out of here". In reply, Clearpool slams her feet into the sand, causing the whole side of Cowrie's hole to collapse.
Over the ensuing shrieks, Indigo felt Fathom come wading up behind her. She spread her wings and they leaned into each other. Indigo comments that they may have named the wrong dragonet after Clearsight. As Clearpool flings herself into shallow water and rolls around in a fit of temper, Indigo buries her face in Fathom's neck, hiding her giggles. Fathom suggests that maybe she'll grow into her quiet wisdom like Indigo, to which Indigo replies that she has always been quiet and wise. Fathom replies that he recalls a few sheriking fits when she was that age, such as when Fathom ate the last salmon for breakfast, which apparently caused Indigo to dump him in a koi pond. Ripple than pops out of his hole, realizes that someone else was getting more attention than he was, and promptly scrambled oer to flop on top of his brother and sister. Clearpool complains, and Indigo tells everyone to quit mashing each other and then she'll tell them a story. The three dragonets instantly jumped away from each other and came scampering above, plunking themselves into an attentive semicircle around their parent's talons.
Clearpool demands for them to tell stories about the Kingdom of the Sea, and Fathom says that he may take them there when they're all grown up, while Indigo thinks, "When there's a new queen who doesn't know about Fathom's promise to Pearl." They were on an island off the southern coast of Pyrrhia, within sight of the rainforest, and kept up with tribe news by visiting and trading with RainWings every couple months or so. That's how they knew that the NightWings had vanished, and nobody knew where they'd gone. There was also no sign of Darkstalker, so she knew Clearsight must have succeeded.
Wharf and Lionfish had returned home after they lost Fathom, still beliving Indigo had left him. Ripple says he wants to hear about Fathom and Indigo when they were little, and Fathom replies that they were never ever naughty. However, Cowrie wants to hear stories about bad guys, about how they get that way and why they do bad stuff. Fathom replies that there are lots of ways, and lots of reasons, sometimes because they're sad or angry, or sometimes because they have too much power. But Indigo says some don't, refering to Fathom and thought how he had too much goodness in him to turn out like Albatross and Darkstalker. Fathom says sometimes, they don't know they're bad guys and think what they're doing is the right thing. Cowrie asks who decides whether it's right or not, to which Clearpool suggests it's her. Cowrie asks how would he know if he was a bad guy, and Indigo says she would tell him, then he would go back to being good.
However, Fathom concludes that there's no such things as bad guys, saying there are dragons who do bad things, but that doesn't make them all bad. He says they can also do good things, and some of those bad things are mistakes. Indigo firmly replies that some dragons are definetely bad and have to be stopped, but Fathom says he doesn't think any dragon is all bad. Indigo tells her dragonets that she knew a bad guy once, refering to Darkstalker. However, Fathom said he did bad things, but also some good things, and cared a lot about his friends. But catching the look on Indigo's face, he adds that he did mostly bad things, but he's gone now. Indigo agrees and says he's never coming back, which would later prove to be wrong.
Her dragonets ask her for details, but Indigo replies maybe when they're older, thinking, "Maybe when Fathom has stopped having nightmares about him." Indigo tells Fathom he did the right thing, saying he saved Pyrrhia from him forever and it's safe to be happy. Fathom says, "I know," unfurling his wings, shaking off the memories, and smiles at Indigo, saying, "I am."
Two thousand years later...
Centuries later, as the dragon planet spun through space, a comet passed by, close enough to shine like a fourth moon in Pyrrhia's sky.
Close enough to change the tides and shake the continents.
As earthquakes rumbled through the ground, long-buried rocks shifted that had been in place for thousands of years. Deep underground, in the darkness, copper wires snapped.
And a dragon awoke...
- It is the third book to have a NightWing point-of-view, and the second book to have a SeaWing PoV.
- Counting the prologue, it is the third book to have an IceWing PoV.
- It is the second book with a hybrid in the front of the cover, the first being Sunny.
- It is the first book with alternating points of view, the second being Runaway.
- It is the second book with five perspectives (Prince Arctic, Darkstalker, Fathom, Clearsight, and Indigo.), the other being The Dark Secret (Reed, Starflight, Queen Glacier, Blister, and Burn)
- Darkstalker is the only book to have a post-epilogue.
- There was a Barnes & Noble exclusive edition with a foldout map of Pyrrhia in Darkstalker's time.
- It is the only book in which the dragons play board games. At the festival, Thoughtful plays Scroll Tower and Whiteout, Fathom, Darkstalker, and Clearsight play scales-and-squares.
- It is one of the three books to have a dragon with a closed mouth on the cover. The others are Moon Rising and The Hive Queen.
- On page 298, Darkstalker says that he could only foresee the future well by practicing, and he also stated that "He'd have to be trapped underground for months with nothing else to do."
- On page 267, Darkstalker says,"...Shoot, my pouch is all dirty from the squirrel I caught yesterday." Then he shook some dirt and pebbles in his talons and tossed them over his shoulder into Fathom's room. It is very likely that one of those pebbles is the enchanted one that trapped Indigo in the statue.
- According to an interview (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyxvyrQ_yZw), Tui considers Darkstalker to be her "darkest" book, while her editor disagrees.