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It has long been prophesied that one day a High King of War will come to Palindor. But when he does come, it is not as the savior the people expect, but at the head of an invading army.
Michael, son of Catherine, the High Queen of Palindor, arrives in Palindor, where he is met Qivir, the mortal form of one of the generals of Malthazzar, the Lord of Evil. Qivir spins him a tale of treachery and deception; acting under Qivir's direction, and with the aid of an evil necromancer, Michael ousts the King of Reglandor and is crowned King in his place.
Qivir persuades Michael to invade Palindor, since only by doing so can he free Palindor from the influence of its evil High Queen. Michael reaches Carn Toldwyn, the capital of Palindor, and in the Great Hall of the castle he comes face-to-face with the High Queen. Gleefully Qivir watches while the son engages the mother in a battle to the death....
Original title: Shadow
Genre: Fiction→ Fantasy→ Sword and Sorcery