Warner, May 2001, 6.99, 406 pp.
He was a teen fishing in a secluded spot with two friends when the Linyati entered his village killing those who fought and enslaving the rest. The village is destroyed and Gareth Radnor's family along with it. Gareth moves to the Capitol City to live with his uncle.
When a bored Gareth pulls a prank on a noble, the lord vows vengeance. For his nephew's safety, his uncle sends Gareth to go to the sea.
Over time he becomes voted the captain of the Steadfast. He leads his men in battle against the Linyati and wins. He returns home wealthy, but unable to rest on his laurels. He devices a plan to steal the Linyati treasury that requires trekking deep into enemy territory.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner