Songmaster Author:OrsonScott Card Mikal had conquered most of the inhabited worlds in the Galaxy and the others trembled in fear of his armies. But he came to the Songhouse on Tew as a suppliant, asking for the services of one of the supremely gifted "Songbirds." It took the better part of a century to find the Songbird suited to Mikal--Ansset, the nine-year old orphan who had... more » been trained into a singer unequaled in the Sonhgouse's history.
The battle-scarred old Emperor came to look upon the boy as a son and so for the first time in his life became vulnerable. It was therefore shocking, but not unexpected when Mikal's enemies kidnapped Ansset. . . and turned him into a living weapon of destruction.
Ansset and Mikal surmounted that crisis but there were others-- and as Mikal foresaw, the day came when he was betrayed and overthrown. The last and hardest lesson he had to teach Ansset was to use his art to its fullest in loyal service to the traitor who had cost Mikal his throne. . . and his life.« less