Publisher: Venture Press
Publishing Date: September 1978
Publishers Description: The outer islands have fallen, and soon the sorcery-driven soldiers will be striking at Krantin’s heart. The only hope for survival lies in an alliance of Royal forces with the fiercely independent desert marauders, the Destre-Y — and with a perilous linkage of all of Krantin’s adepts of magic. The young Troop-Leader Danaer, Destre-born but sworn to Royal service, is the key to the uneasy partnership of ages-old enemies.
But his love for the enchantress Lira is now imperilling the final confrontation between the malignant enemy sorcerer and the protection of the web of wizardry…
Review: This work has being re-distributed from the original publication in 1978. It has all the key elements that make up a good fantasy novel: reluctant/innocent hero, budding love, evil/good sorcery, impossible odds and subsequent triumph at great loss. This was a very good novel when the movement was paced but tended to drag, especially towards the end where dialogue and detail seemed to rule. The characters are well built and develop with the story line. Solid world building as well.