Shaman (The Star Stone, Book 1)

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Now Christopher Stasheff, author of the spellbinding fantasy series A Wizard in Rhyme, begins a new epic saga, The Star Stone. Here, in Book One, THE SHAMAN, he weaves a vibrant tapestry of heroes and villains, of an exotic and magical world where strange peoples struggle for solace and freedom and even for happiness. Join him now, and wrap yourself in the wonder of his world.
Ohearn was a simple man, big and strong and kindly, respected among his Biri clansmen. Then fate--and the Ulin, who were all but gods--intervened, and Ohearn's life, his clan, and his very world changed forever.
The Ulin were the Elder Race, giants, unspeakably powerful in arms and in magic. All were selfish; most were tyrants who scorned the short-lived Younger Races: men, elves, and all the rest. Some capricious Ulin sported with mankind; one among their number, Ulahane the Red, dedicated himself to reaping a harvest of human terror and anguish.
Only one among the Ulin, Lomallin, stood opposed to Ulahane and his schemes. Lomallin gathered some few like-minded allies and worked to protect the human creatures, to teach them and nurture their talents.
Inevitably, Ulahane and Lomallin became deadlocked in their struggle. It had been prophesied that one day Lomallin could win--but to triumph, he must first die. Until then, the contest for the fate of the Younger Races would be fought by humans who served the Ulin . . .
Ohearn knew little of the world beyond his clan. But when his wife fell ill and Ulahane's lackeys detained the shaman who could help her, Ohearn's path became clear. He led a band of warriors against the enemy stronghold. With the half-elf trickster Lucoyo at his side, Ohearn wrested the wise man from the Scarlet One's prison--and launched a battle whose scope he could never have anticipated. The beacon of freedom flared, and its flames would sweep forest and prairie, cities and towns, mountains and deserts and all the farthest lands. But the cost of freedom would be high indeed, for Ulahane proved to be an implacable foe. He was determined that either Lomallin's human charges would be annihilated--or Lomallin himself would die!

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Christopher Stasheff is one-of-a-kind, the sort of writer whose books are both delightful and good for you. I've enjoyed Stasheff's writing from the first moment I came across it, and he never disappoints. Even non-fantasy readers tell me how much it means to them--and who am I to argue? Whether you follow the exploits of Matt of Merovence or the more epic exploits of The Star Stone, you'll have a fabulous time!

--Veronica Chapman, Senior Editor

From Publishers Weekly:

Stasheff (The Secular Wizard) kicks off a new series with this story of magic and adventure set in a world distinguished by an unusual cosmology and a set of supernatural creatures. Standing between the one God?The Star-Maker?and the humans are the Ulin, thought by many to be gods but actually fallible and mortal, though exceptionally powerful both physically and magically. The main story line concerns Ohaern, a man who aids the human-loving Ulin, Lomallin, in his battle against Lomallin's human-hating fellow Ulin, Ulahane?and who, after succeeding as a warrior, becomes at some cost the shaman of the title. Ohaern is aided by others, including a half-elf who is thrown out by his own tribe but finds a home with Ohaern. Other races in this world include the Klaja, jackal-human hybrids created by Ulahane, and dwergs, gnome-like creatures of stone. These characters and their adventures, though never exceptionally gripping, should hold the interest of fantasy fans as the author imagines a setting that's comfortably familiar yet innovative enough to keep it from being just the same old wonderworld.
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