Weis and Hickman's new fantasy novel, The Well of Darkness
, the first in the Sovereign Stone
sequence, is far darker than we are used to from these authors. Hidden among the four elements and their magic is the Void and the dark, death-orientated magic that is its own; among the court of wise King Tamaros and his pious son Helmos there sits ambitious younger son Dagnarus and his hopelessly loyal former whipping boy Gareth. As a boy of 10, Dagnarus sets his future by asking Gareth to study Void magic for him; he intends to be king, and nothing will be allowed to stand in his way--not father, not brother, not the magic-soaked paladins who control the Portals that connect the human realms with those of the proud violent elves, the sullen horse-riding dwarves and the omen-fearing sardonic orks of the sea... This is an enjoyably bleak read--Gareth, driven to the worst of evils by his admiration for his prince yet retaining sparks of conscience, and some of our sympathy, even at his most atrocious, is a memorable creation, and Helmos, a man so dominated by conscience and self-regarding honour as to be weak, is hardly less so. --Roz Kaveney
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Back Cover
'When you gaze into the abyss…'
Dagnarus' hatred of his elder brother, Crown prince Helmos, is equal only to his hunger to become one of the Dominion Lords, guardians of the magical tunnels that connect the various races of Vinnengael. Yet his plans to gain power in the kingdom are only set in motion with the arrival of the shy scholarly Gareth, who is recruited to be Dagnarus' whipping boy. Despite all their differences an unshakeable bond is formed and Gareth, with his prince's support, begins to master the forbidden Void magic. Unleashing forces that even the most powerful of magi fear, the two friends set in motion a chain of events that threaten to destroy the entire kingdom.
A gripping story of magic corrupted, 'Well of Darkness' takes the unique approach of focusing on the evil protagonists in the story, as we follow them from boys to men, and is set to elevate the careers of bestselling 'Dragonlance' authors Weis & Hickman to spectacular new heights.