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Darkmage: The Silent Tower / The Silicon Mage (Windrose)
Darkmage The Silent Tower / The Silicon Mage - Windrose Author:Barbara Hambly Book Club Edition — The Silent Tower — Tower is set in two worlds, separated from each other by the mysterious Void. In the Empire of Ferryth are Caris, a warrior of the Council of Wizards, and Antryg, a slightly-demented and imprisoned wizard. In California (which, let's face it, could be yet another world, separated from the... more » rest of the US by a tenuous Gate in the Void) is Joanna, a shy computer programmer who is being stalked by persons unknown. When Joanna is kidnapped by an unknown wizard from Ferryth and carried through the Void, she meets up with Caris and the escaped Antryg, who she believes is the man who kidnapped her, and goes with them on their quest to stop the evil wizard, Suraklin, who died long ago but has been using the bodies of others to continue his work. Their discovery of the reason behind the mysterious life-drain complicates Caris' original decision to turn Antryg back over to his captors. The development of a relationship between Joanna and Antryg adds another tangle to the plot...until the last page, you don't know who to trust...and neither does Joanna.
The Silicon Mage
The sequel to The Silent Tower, these are the continuing adventures of Joanna, Caris, and Antryg, and their quest to end the strange life-drain alluded to in the previous book. Upon returning to California after her previous adventure, Joanna realizes that her betrayal of Antryg was the wrong decision, and follows the new incarnation of Suraklin through the Void in order to rescue him. She finds Caris, and a new friend in the wife of the Regent of Angelshand, Pella. After Antryg is found, they again chase after Suraklin and attempt to stop him from achieving his final incarnation, in a supercomputer pilfered from the other side of the Void while avoiding the various groups of people after the three of them. By the time the story winds down, everyone has undergone re-discoveries and changes involving love and trust.« less