|Shadow Magic (1982) [Novel]|
by Patricia C. Wrede
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In Alkyra, children's tales are told of a time long past when humankind shared the land with folk who had magic in their blood and bones: the small, fierce Wyrd of the forests; the proud Shee in their mountain citadel carved of ice-white rock; and the shimmering Neira of the dark sea.
As a child, Alethia had shivered in delicious fright when the bards sang the lays of Alkyra's mythical past. But as a grown woman her nightmares come from the world of human reality: the spreading discontent in a land ruled by querulous noble families, and the soft rumors of war. As a daughter of one of Alkyra's leading families, she has no time now for children's tales. Until she learns that they are all true...
Original title: Shadow Magic
Genre: Fiction→ Children & Young Adult→ Fantasy→ Fantasy Worlds