The Black Star is, in my opinion, the best book of The Cycle of Arawn. Dante and Blays are still separated at the beginning of the book. After spending several years grieving they each have more or less settled into pursuing their own projects. Blays has decided he can be of most use in trying to bring down the oppressive government of Gask. Dante has begun to get serious about preparing for his future duties as the leader of Narashtovik.