Glenndon--son of witchwoman Brevelan and Jaylor, Senior Magician and Chancellor of the University of Magicians--has never spoken aloud. Read more...
Glenndon--son of witchwoman Brevelan and Jaylor, Senior Magician and Chancellor of the University of Magicians--has never spoken aloud. He has no need because his telepathic talent is strong and everyone associated with the University can "hear" him. He can throw master-level spells, but because he will not speak, Jaylor has refused to promote him from apprentice to journeyman magician. Still, everyone knows it is only a matter of time until Glenndon will take his rightful place at the University.
Then an urgent missive arrives from King Darville. The Council of Provinces is near rebellion over the king's lack of a male heir. Rather than see his fourteen-year-old daughter, Rosselinda, married off just to procure an heir, he orders his illegitimate son Glenndon to Coronnan City to become his successor. And suddenly Glenndon's world is in chaos. The man he's always known as his father is not. Instead he is the son of the king. But in this city where court politics can prove deadly and where magic is forbidden, the young man must hide his talents even as he struggles to find his voice and his destiny.
And one slip could see Glenndon, Darville, Rosselinda, and even Jaylor doomed, for the lords and the people fear magic more than potential invasion, legendary monsters, and civil war.
- ISBN-13: 9780756407940
- ISBN-10: 075640794X
- Publisher: Daw Books
- Publish Date: February 2013
- Page Count: 400
- Reading Level: Ages 18-UP
- Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.1 x 1.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.4 pounds
Series: Dragon Nimbus #1
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2012-12-24
- Reviewer: Staff
Radford returns to the fantasy setting of her Dragon Nimbus series with this middling tale of political intrigue and troubled young wizards. The magicians of cod-medieval Coronnan depend on dragons like the matriarch, Shayla, for their power. Kindly King Darville, holder of the Dragon Throne and Dragon Crown, rules Coronnan with the Council of Provinces, but can’t convince the council to allow the restoration of legal magic to the land, even though magic itself seems to be fading. Worse yet, the council wants him to marry off his 14-year-old daughter, Rosselinda, to get a male heir for the throne—increasingly important as near-deadly accidents begin to look like assassination attempts. Darville calls his bastard son, Glenndon, to court to stand as heir, but Glenn’s magical talent and inability to speak out loud make him a target. There’s nothing new, but undemanding fantasy fans will find Radford’s effort satisfactory. (Feb.)