Some two hundred years before Cabe Bedlam was thrust into the machinations of the Dragon Kings, his grandfather Nathan led a band of wizards against the drake lords in the hopes of freeing the realms of their tyrannical rule. Yet, the truth behind that story is not a simple one. Here now, is the dawn of the Turning War, a pivotal moment in the Dragonrealm, and startling creation of the first band to stand against the drake lords; The Dragon Masters . . .
Richard A. Knaak is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Legend of Huma, WoW: Wolfheart, and nearly fifty other novels and numerous short stories, including works in such series as Warcraft, Diablo, Dragonlance, Age of Conan, the Iron Kingdoms, and his own popular Dragonrealm. He has scripted comics and manga, such as the top-selling Sunwell trilogy, and has also written background material for games. His works have been published worldwide in many languages.
In addition to Dragon Masters, his most recent releases include Black City Demon—the second in his new urban fantasy series from Pyr Books, Reaper’s Eye for the Pathfinder series, and a new edition of his novel King of the Grey. He is presently at work on several other projects, among them Knights of the Frost for The Dragon Throne trilogy for the Dragonrealm, Black City Dragon—the sequel to Black City Demon—and more. The Gryphon Mage, the sequel to Dragon Masters, will be released from Permuted Press shortly.
The Golden City of the Bells, where only humans live, is ruled by the Mage Council, practitioners of High Magic---a powerful magic that is stable and reliable, though rigidly controlled and performed only by men. Outside the City's walls, humans and magical beings mix freely and call upon Wild Magic---a system sometimes erratic, always driven by desire and need, and performed by both men and women.
Now, in To Light a Candle, the Demon Queen sends her forces against her human and elven enemies, sowing distraction and death. In the human City, the Queen's agents work to divide the Council and foment rebellion among the City's citizens. In the countryside, they target the most vulnerable and valuable---the young Elf Prince and the Wild Mages who might be the Demons' most dangerous enemies.
To his own surprise, young Kellen, once the disappointing son of the great Mage who leads the City's Mage Council, has become a powerful Knight-Mage. Valued for his bravery and his skills as both wizard and warrior, Kellen joins the Elves' war councils. Yet he cannot convince the City of his birth that it is in terrible danger.
Kellen's sister Idalia, a Wild Mage with great healing ability, has pledged her heart to Jermayan, a proud Elven warrior. Someday Idalia will pay a tragic Price for a world-saving work of Wild Magic, but until then, she will claim any joy life can offer her. Jermayan, who has learned much while fighting at Kellen's side and loving the human Idalia, finds that everything changes when he Bonds with a dragon while rescuing the Elf Prince and becomes the first Elven Mage in a thousand years.
Furious at her enemies' success with the dragon, the Demon Queen attacks in force. Light struggles against Dark, like flickering candle flames buried deep in the shadow of Obsidian Mountain.
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