'Tamora Pierce's writing is like water from the swiftest, most refreshing clear invigorating and revitalizing river. I return to her books time and time again.' Garth Nix
Three student mages, bound by fate ... fated for danger. Arram Draper is on the path to becoming one of the realm's most powerful mages. The youngest student in his class at the Imperial University of Carthak, he has a Gift with unlimited potential for greatness - and for attracting trouble. At his side are his two best friends: Varice, a clever girl with an often-overlooked talent, and Ozorne, the 'leftover prince' with secret ambitions.
Together, these three friends forge a bond that will one day shape kingdoms. But as Ozorne gets closer to the throne and Varice gets closer to Arram's heart, Arram realizes that soon he will have to decide where his loyalties truly lie.
'I take more comfort from and as great a pleasure in Tamora Pierce's Tortall novels as I do Game of Thrones.' The Washington Post