The dazzling epic of The Banned and the Banished has established James Clemens as an exciting new voice in fantasy fiction. Now his remarkable skills reach their peak with Witch Gate, as one girl remains her realms only hope against the forces of darkness . . .In a spectacular feat of daring and magic, Elena and her army of outlaws and rebels have defeated evils minions and released the mystic secrets of the Blood Diary. But the malevolent Dark Lord has unleashed the Weirgatesblack wells of ferocious energy that are his greatest source of power. Now Elenas bravest allies are sent to find and destroy the Gates, as windships carry the fight north to the frigid woodlands, south to the burning desert sands, and east to the blasted regions of dread Gulgotha. Along the way, they will face their own personal demons as well. The twin brothers Mogweed and Fardale race against time to break the curse that has stolen their shapechanging birthright, and Elenas brother Joach must evade the desert sandsharks if he is to master his own elemental power. The trail will lead them even to the fabulous elvin homeland of Stormhaven. None of the rebels will come back unscathed, some never returning at all . . .And Elena herself must journey to Gulgotha. Daring the enemys own lair, she must emerge victorious if she is to reveal the secret of the Dark Lords frightening identityand the shocking nature of his vast powers.From the Hardcover edition.