Under the ancient bloated sun of the Dying Earth, magic has returned to its own. The world is ruled by wizards: wise in their learning, devious in their dealings, and disrespectful of each other's prowess. Evven Rhialto the Marvellous, magician of the highest order, is unsafe fromill-doers. One among the wizards has hatshed an insidious plot against him...and all the magic in the Dying Earth will not save him if his wits are not enough. Classic SF.