By Mercedes Lackey, James Mallory
Kellen Tavadon, son of the Arch-Mage Lycaelon, concept he knew the way in which the area labored. His father, prime the clever and benevolent Council of Mages, safe and guided the electorate of the Golden urban of the Bells. younger Mages in training—all males, for girls have been undeserving to perform magic—memorized the complex information of excessive Magic and aspired to seats at the council.
Then he discovered the forbidden Books of untamed Magic—or did they locate him? the 3 narrow volumes woke Kellen to the extensive global open air the City's keeping apart partitions. Their Magic used to be now not lifeless, strangled via principles and rules. It felt like a residing factor, guided via the hearts and minds of these who practiced it and benefited from it.
Questioning every thing he has identified, Kellen discovers too the various City's darkish secrets and techniques. Banished, with the Outlaw Hunt on his heels, Kellen invokes Wild Magic—and unearths himself operating for his lifestyles with a unicorn at his aspect.
Kellen's existence adjustments nearly swifter than he can comprehend or settle for. Rescued via a unicorn, healed by means of a feminine Wild Mage who understands extra approximately Kellen than a person outdoors the town should still, assembly Elven royalty and Elven warriors, and plunged right into a international the place the mystical beings he has discovered approximately as summary recommendations are flesh and blood creatures-Kellen either revels in and fears his new freedom.
Especially as soon as he learns approximately Demons. He'd continuously concept they have been one other summary concept-a stand-in for final evil. but when centaurs and dryads are genuine, then Demons absolutely are to boot. And the single factor the entire Mages of the town agreed on was once that working towards Wild Magic corrupted a Mage. became him right into a Demon. might that be Kellen's destiny?
Deep in Obsidian Mountain, the Demons are ready. given that their defeat within the final nice struggle, they've been biding their time, sowing the seeds of mistrust and discontent among their human and Elven enemies. Very quickly now, whilst the Demons upward thrust to make conflict, there'll be no alliance among excessive and Wild Magic to face opposed to them. And all of the international will belong to the Endarkened.