Eighteen-year-old Herric, youngest son of the Wolf King of Athgar, never wanted power, and certainly not his father's crown. But in a land threatened by invading barbarians, Herric believes he has no choice. With one brother already slain by barbarian axes and the other imprisoned for practicing forbidden magic, Herric abandons his dreams of scholarship and learns to be a warrior.
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Mackay Wood is a legal assistant for the Colorado Attorney General's Office. She has written/published numerous legal tracts, as well as ghost-written several published articles for the attorneys for whom she works. This is her first novel.From Publishers Weekly:
In a fantastical land wracked by civil war and practitioners of the "Black Arts," the unwilling hero of Wood's first novel soldiers on to defend his father's land. After one of his brothers dies in battle, and another is "caught making blood sacrifice to the Forbidden powers," the bookish Prince Herric succeeds to the throne, abandoning his true love to make an advantageous match to the witchy beauty Elaine. Arthurian battles, rich with blood, longswords and whinnying roans, proliferate as the enemy multiplies and Herric comes to realize that his true nemesis is Master Worgan, shaper of spells. Though Wood spends more time on the political and military elements of her plot than some fantasy devotees might wish, she renders well the grim physical and psychological effects of war. Fantasy readers looking for a new voice, especially one more realistic than mystical, may find what they like here.
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