The first book in a new epic fantasy trilogy by British author Jane Welch.
Prince Rollo’s world is shattered by the death of his mother, Queen Ursula. But even before he can grieve he faces the bitter disappointment of being overlooked as his mother’s heir in favour of his younger sister; as only the female line in Artor’s Royal family inherit the magical power to control the Great Bears of Artor (a talent every sovereign must possess). Seething with self loathing, grief and disappointment Rollo focuses his anger and resentment upon his father.
Deeply concerned for his son Spar decides to leave his daughter, now Artor’s Queen, and take 13 year old Rollo half way across the world to Torra Alta, his barony in Belbidia, to claim the only birthright left to him.
But fifteen years have passed since Spar left Hal and Brid as guardians of his remote fortress and in the intervening years, many things have changed. Beasts of legend have grown in strength and will. A huge golden dragon plagues the mountains and swarms of Hobs ransack the fertile plains of Belbidia.
Fourteen years ago the Chalice of Önd, was lost. A sacred artefact with the power to transfer the magic of one object to another the chalice is the only explanation for the rising threat. If this powerful weapon has fallen into the wrong hands the dawn of a dark age will come to Belbidia.
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Praise for Jane Welch:
“A blockbuster fantasy”
“As intriguing as anything Tolkien dreamed up.”
“Wonderful author, in the Robert Jordan mould”
A spellbinding tale of sorcery, intrigue and betrayal from the author of the Runespell Trilogy and the Book of Ond.
Prince Rollo's world is shattered by the death of his mother, Queen Ursula of Artor. But even before he can grieve he faces the bitter disappointment of being overlooked as heir to the throne in favour of his younger sister. Deeply concerned for his son, Caspar decides to take Rollo to Torra Alta, his barony across the ocean in Belbidia, to claim the only birthright left to him.
But fifteen years have passed since Caspar left his uncle, Hal, as guardian of the remote province and many things have changed. Terrible creatures, banished from Belbidia years ago, are re-emerging; a huge golden dragon plagues the mountains and swarms of hobs and ravenshrikes ransack the fertile plains. Worst of all, the Chalice of Ond, a sacred artefact with the power to duplicate other magical objects, has been lost.
If this powerful weapon has fallen into the wrong hands, a dark age will undoubtedly befall Belbidia and her people.
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Book Description Voyager. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0007112491 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW6.0001645
Book Description Voyager, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0007112491