Alberich is a Karsite warrior with a secret he thought was hidden until he is captured by the Sunpriest. His newly assigned white horse somehow rescues him from the Sunpriest's flames, and takes him to the witch-nation of Valdemar.

The spirit Companions of the Chosen Heralds know the goodness of Alberich; others just see a hated enemy. Assigned as bodyguard to the Heir Selenay and promoted to Weaponsmaster Second by the First, his skills are unquestioned. Alberich wars within himself as he trains his adopted countrymen to successfully fight against his homeland.

Ms. Lackey delivers a top-notch Valdemar adventure with a twist. The Karsite Chosen doesn't compromise his honor but forces the other Chosen to examine their own ideals. The robust characterizations portrayed with complexity and vitality are a joy to embrace. (Oct., 352 pp., $24.95)

Reviewed by: 
Kelly Rae Cooper