|One for the Morning Glory (1996) [Novel]|
by John Barnes
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(From the publisher):
It is said (by whom, we are not certain) that a child who tastes the Wine of the Gods too early is only half a person afterwards. Young Prince Amatus learned all too well the bitter truth of that ancient saying when he secretly sipped the forbidden elixir, leaving him literally half the lad he'd once been - not just a figure of speech; indeed, his left side vanished without a trace. His father, the fierce but fair King Boniface, was (only a figure of speech in this instance) beside himself, and the royal retainers responsible for the mishap were punished severely, leaving the young prince entirely without protectors.
But a year and a day later, four mysterious strangers appeared to take their places. And since a year and a day is an auspicious time in tales of this sort, it was clear to the King that Great Matters Were Afoot. There were whispers that these odd outlanders were not what they seemed, and King Boniface had many misgivings, but at last he relented - just as well, or there would be no tale to tell. As Amatus grew to manhood, the four Companions helped him cope with his curious curse and guided him on a perilous quest to discover his true destiny - and, of course, excitement, danger, tragedy, triumph, and true love.
Original title: One for the Morning Glory
Genre: Fiction→ Fantasy→ Fairy Tales
Fiction→ Fantasy→ Humorous