Inan feels his goal of killing Zélie tantalizingly close. He presses down on her arms and raises his sword, preparing to plunge it into her heart. But then his magic rips through him, showing him a powerful vision of Zélie’s life. He sees the incredible pain his father’s rule caused Zélie.
Inan is committed to killing Zélie because it is what his father would want, and Inan also thinks that killing Zélie will somehow free him from the magic that plagues him. Saran thinks that all divîners, and all magic, are evil, values he has instilled in Inan again and again. However, when Inan sees the other side of the story—the human cost of Saran’s hatred, and the actual feelings of an innocent divîner—he questions his loyalty and his beliefs.
King Saran’s instructions ring in Inan’s ears. But with this new perspective, he can’t bear to bring more death in his father’s name. Instead he, slashes off Zélie’s restraints. Realizing Tzain and Amari are gone, they both feel shattered and collapse on the ground.
Now that he has seen the actual impact of his father’s prejudice, Inan can’t bring himself to continue following his father’s orders.