When raiders murder Granmar the Truthsayer and steal his magical robe of office, young Dalin of Nevi--Granmar's apprentice--sets out on a perilous journey to recover the robe and avenge his master. Christian's (Mainline) use of alternating chapters to follow the progress of Dalin and his quarry provides a close look at the motivations and personalities of both the hero and his adversaries. An abundance of magic, from elemental sorcery and runic spellcasting to priestly healing and nature summonings, adds variety to this series opener set in a world flavored with images from Norse and Icelandic mythology. A good choice for most fantasy collections. - Library Journal 1999
Deborah Teramis gives an overview of the book:
About Deborah Teramis
I'm a science fiction/fantasy novelist published by Tor Books. I'm also a sociologist and independent scholar who writes social commentary and non-fiction articles. My background is eclectic: I've taught sexology classes to grad students at the Institute for Advanced Study of...