(From the publisher):
When Shan was fifteen years old, dark soldiers came out of the west, like a cloud of evil boiling over the soft hills of his homeland. They commanded terrible beasts, which killed with hook claws like scythes and cold eyes that dripped icy fire. The soldiers wore helmets that looked like fiends, tusked and snarling and sneering.
The terrible consequences of war have left the boy Shan wounded in body and mind by the invading army of Magravandias. He's taken from his devastated village by the magus Taropat, chosen by the master's mysterious impulse to make Shan his pupil - and a weapon against the invading empire. In his forest hideaway, Taropat teaches the boy both magic and how to hone his loathing of the Margavandian Empire into a lethal weapon. The magi of the forest seek to make a hero; bent on revenge, Shan willingly accepts that role.
Taropat is far more, even, than the powerful wizard he seems. Shan learns the truth of what befell Khaster Leckery, companion to the dark Dragon Heir, Valraven Palindrake, and husband to Valraven's sister. And Shan discovers he himself is soon to become an inextricable part of Khaster's story.
Original title: The Crown of Silence
Genre: Fiction→ Fantasy→ Secondary Worlds