In the peaceful land of Osten Ard, the good king is dying-and a long-dreaded evil is about to be unleashed. Only Simon, a lowly castle scullion apprenticed to a secret order dedicated to halting the coming darkness, can solve the dangerous riddle that offers salvation to the land.
“An epic tale of the struggle of good against evil.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“The fantasy equivalent of War and Peace.”—Locus
“Sprawling, spellbinding.”—Publishers Weekly