By Louise Cooper

The seven gods of Order had governed unchallenged for hundreds of years, served by means of the adepts of the Circle of their bleak northern citadel at the big name Peninsula. yet for Tarod-the so much enigmatic and ambitious sorcerer in Circle's ranks-a darker affinity had began to name. Threatening his ideals, even his sanity, it rose unbidden from past time; an historical and lethal adversary which could plunge the area into insanity and chaos-and whose energy could rival that of the gods themselves. And notwithstanding Tarod's brain and center have been pledged to reserve, his soul was once one other matter...

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Later he believed he must have lost consciousness again, for when he woke there was light. Little enough, true, but a faint, bloody crimson glow was tingeing the air around him; and for the first time he was able to make out his surroundings. There were mountains-vast, towering crags of granite that humped into a frightening distance overhead and seemed to topple towards him, making him reel with vertigo. Though from this vantage point he couldn't see the sun, the sky above the peaks had paled to an unhealthy hue like old, worn brass, and the crags were stained with its gory reflection.

Slow bands of faint color were marching across the empty bowl of the heavens, and, fascinated, the boy had counted green, scarlet, orange, grey and an eerie blue-black before common sense returned and he realized what he was witnessing. " There was naked fear in the Margrave's voice. The boy felt a faint tingling from the earth, transmitted through the cold stone of the jetty. He sensed an electric tension in the air, and his nerves began to crawl with something that terrified him far more than his impending fate; something that evoked the worst nightmares any human being could experience.

Said the woman warningly. Taunan brushed her protest aside. " A hand touched the boy's forehead. "He's strong, lady-stronger, I suspect, than you or I or anyone we know. " Something in the boy's consciousness rebelled at their talk; they spoke as though he were some inanimate piece of meat to be discussed and dissected at their leisure. What had he done? He couldn't remember now... He clenched his teeth, made a tremendous effort to combat the pain, and forced his eyelids to open. At first the scene before him wouldn't focus, but remained a blur of shapeless shapes, colorless colors.

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