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Herald Elspeth, heir of the thrown of Valdamar, convinces her reluctant mother Queen Selenay and the governing Council that she is the only one suited to seek the very reclusive Hawkbrothers, legendary for their mage abilities and mentioned only in some of the oldest of her country's records. The Hawkbrother's help is necessary if Valdamar is going to recover the True Magic her kingdom lost with the death of the last Herald-Mage. And True Magic is the only thing that might defend them in an almost certain war with neighboring Hardorn.
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Sent with her, as her guardian, is the former thief Herald Skif, for his unique skills are necessary to keep her alive as they journey through several nations and into the lawless wilds of the south. Both possess mind-magic, which allows them to communicate mind to mind with each other and more importantly, their Companions: sentient beings in the form of white horses, bonded to their Chosen Heralds with unconditional love.

After their long journey, they finally find a tribe of Hawkbrothers only to be turned away without even pleading their case. Elspeth must first earn the trust of the scout Darkwind to prove to him her country's need is urgent, then she must somehow convince him to break his vow never to do magic again, for he is the only one who can teach her the True Magic. But it might well be impossible. The Hawkbrothers have their own enemies working unseen within the tribe.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 50%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 20% Tone of book    -   very upbeat FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy world/fantasy past Coming of age    -   Yes Youngster becomes    -   a powerful magician Romance    -   Yes Romance plotlets:    -   two lovers coping with tough mission Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Human/magical couple?    -   Yes Type of couple:    -   Both human, he has magical powers

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   champion of justice Age:    -   20's-30's If magical mental powers:    -   mind reading


Terrain    -   Forests A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   humans in a primitive/fantasy society Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   none/very little science jargon needed How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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