In ages past, there had been four magical weapons, fashioned to be used only by the Magefolk. But their history had been lost, together with the Artefacts themselves, in the Cataclysm which had wrought changes on land and water alike. Lost also had been the history of the Magefolk, and the Winged Ones, the Leviathans and Phaerie.
Aurian, the child of renegade Mages, finds herself sent to the city of Nexis to join the Academy and then train as a full Mage. Little does she suspect that she will quickly become entwined with a power struggle between Miathan, the Archmage, and the human inhabitants of Nexis. The only person to whom she can turn in Forral, Commander of the city's military garrison and friend of her dead father. But this friendship infuriates Miathan, and leads to a deadly conflagration, in which the first Artefact is revealed. Aurian's flight, with her servant Anvar, turns into both odyssey and rite-of-passage as she travels to the little-known Southern Kingdoms and begins to rediscover the history of the weapons which are the only hope against Miathan and Armageddon - The Artefacts of Power!
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I sat down to read AURIAN in the early evening, and was surprised when the dawn came up. Rich, colourful and infinitely enchanting it is a work that will give enormous pleasure to fantasy readers. I loved it! ( DAVID GEMMELL)
Truly compelling ( SFX)
A true classic. It has the potential to stand with the best ( LOCUS)
Pure magic ... a classic tale of epic fantasy ( TODAY)
* Book one of the ARTEFACTS OF POWER series
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Descrizione libro London: Legend, 1994. Mass Market Paperback. Condizione libro: New. 1st Edition, 1st Printing. Ms Furey's 1st novel, 611 pages with attractive wraparound cover art by Mick Van Houten, includes a map. True 1st: this British edition preceded the US edition (also a paperback) by two months and preceded the British hardcover edition by two and a half years. New, unread copy: I bought it new in 1994, never read it, stored it carefully over the years. Other than a TINY bit of faint creasing it's perfect. It has NO markings throughout, NOT an ex-library, NOT a book club, NOT a remainder. Fine. Codice libro della libreria 003906