From the dust jacket: "This is the unforgetable story of Sileria and its oppressed tribes, who have for centuries been crushed under the boot of successive conquerors. Despite their indomitable spirit--or perhaps because of it--the Silerians have spent more time fighting amongst themselves than against their oppressors, most recently the loathsome Valdani. Now, however, the winds of change are blowing. The young Guardian Mirabar, a prophet whose visions are forged in the same fire that brought her into this accursed world, foretells the coming of a lone man, 'a great warrior of terrible courage, a man of stained honor, bitter yearning.' Tansen is the prophesied warrior who will drive out the Valdani, but his path is strewn with terrible obstacles. As word of his coming spreads, he joins with the infamous thief Josarian, who becomes the leader of a cadre as strange and disparate as the tribes of Saleria themselves: an assassin who has sworn to kill him; a highborn lady who spies on the enemy from within their own palace; and a water wizard whose enormous power could prove invaluable, if he doesn't betray them first. Finally, Mirabar joins their cause, plagued by knowledge of the terrible secret that is the key to their victory. Against all odds, this motley band will challenge the mighty Valdani. With each unlikely victory the ranks of the rebellion will grow, until only one thing stands in their way. But will their enigmatic leader be willing to pay the price--the ultimate price--to free their land from its ancient bondage?"
Well written! In depth charactors, detailed background. Resnick has created a world I enjoy visiting, and look forward to visiting again.