World Without End (Moontide and Magic Rise, Bk 1)
World Without End - Moontide and Magic Rise, Bk 1 Author:Sean Russell From Publishers Weekly The compelling first volume in a series titled Moontide and Magic Rise bodes well for the ones to follow. Russell (The Initiate Brother) introduces Farrland, a world similar to our own but caught in a struggle between magic and science. The story follows the adventures of Tristam Flattery, who epitomizes this conflict and ... more »holds the key to Farrland's destiny. A young man well known as a botanist and naturalist, Tristam constantly endeavors to free himself from any affiliation with magic. This is fruitless, considering that he was raised by his great uncle Erasmus, the last of the great mages. Summoned by Roderick Palle to help the king, Tristam discovers Kingsfoil, a plant that can cure disease and prolong life; unfortunately, the plant itself is ailing. Roderick, the king, and the Duchess of Morland believe that Tristam's physic powers will revitalize the plant. When this fails, Tristam, the duchess and a band of wily sailors start out for Varua, the home of Kingsfoil. What follows is an incredible adventure at sea during which Tristam's special powers become increasingly evident, saving the wayfarers' lives and leading them to archeological treasures.« less
An epic! six-hundred and six pages of engrossing reading.
" The Age of the Mages is over and all the secrets of their magical arts are thought to be lost to the world. There are even those who suspect that the last of the great mages spent their final years scrupulously eradicating all traces of their craft from the pages of history--insuring that their art would never be practiced again.
But when Tristram Flattery is summoned to the royal court of Farrland to try to revitalize a failing species of plant which seems to have mysterious, almost magical, medicinal properties--a plant without which, he is told, the aging king will surely die--he sonn realizes that he has been drawn into the heart of a political struggle which spans generations, a conflict which threatens the very foundation of his civilization."