A Galasien Novel.
Armed with a magic sword and a book of spells he cannot read, Tristen rode into battle against the Shadow spawned by Hasufin. He helped Prince Cefwyn take the Marhanen throne.
At Cefwyn's urging, Tristen hides his powers. The sword gathers dust in a corner of his room. On one side of the sword is the word Truth, on the other is etched Illusion. The servants refuse to touch it . . . and Tristen ignores it with all his might.
But as a sorcerer created by the last of the Old Wizards, Tristen alone possesses the ancient magic that can save King Cefwyn - and the kingdom itself - from certain destruction by Cefwyn's enemies.
Hugo Award Winner.