The Unschooled Wizard Author:Barbara Hambly Book Club edition contain the 2 novels, — The Ladies of Mandrign and The Witches of Wenshar — — The mercenary captain Sun Wolf had two rules he refused to break: never fall in love...and never mess with magic. He and his soldiers would face any ordinary danger, but when it came to fighting sorcery, well, there were easier ways to commit suicide. —... more » So when the Lady Sheera Galernas offered hi... more »m 10,000 gold pieces to lead the women of Mandrigyn against the evil Wizard King Altiokis, the Wolf just laughed. It wasn't that he doubted woman's ability to fight--his own most trusted lieutenant, Starhawk, was fearless, expert in the arts of war, and no less a woman for it. But Altiokis had spent 150 years building his power, expanding his empire and hunting down any wizard who could possibly oppose him. Mere swords, even in the hands of the Wolf's crack troops, were useless against such might.
But Sun Wolf had underestimated the determination of Sheera and her rebels--a determination fueled by the knowledge that Altiokis was working their men to death in the foul mines beneath his mountain fortress. Robbed of what they cherished most, these woman would stop at nothing.
They kidnapped the mercenary chief, brought him to Mandrigyn and offered him a dismal choice: he could agree to train Sheera's soft, city-break women and lead them against the Wizard...or they'd let him die an agonizing, unbearably slow death from the poison they'd secretly given him.
Forever practical, Sun Wolf decided to break one of his rules and help them fight the Wizard--never suspecting that he would soon break his other rule as well.
Mandrigyn had been left far behind. Sun Wolf had tangled with magic, and now he had to live with the consequences of that folly. With only Starhawk at his side, he began searching for, of all things, a wizard of his own...one to help solve his present problems.
When the search brought them to Wenshar, he and the Hawk hoped to remain aloof from its stormy politics--especially since the Lady Kaletha, a self-proclaimed wizard with a strong following, stood at the eye of the storm. But then someone was brutally murdered by magic, and the two found themselves forced to step in and find the killer...« less