In Anavatan, the city of the Silver Lake, the gods manifest on a regular basis. But if you are among the unpledged, it is hard to survive, especially during the three-night-long chaos known as Havo's Dance. When Havo's storms sweep through Anavatan, anyone who is unaffiliated had best find a safe place to hide or they risk madness or death. But this year, three young street orphans have been chosen for special attention by Incasa, the god of prophecy.When that God's dice roll during the height of Havo's Dance, these three boys-thieves and con artists-will discover their destinies. One will be bound by a life-or-death pledge that will see him marked as the future Champion of the War God, another forced to walk a perilous road as he seeks to master his talent as a seer, and the last will be cast forth from the city and claimed by the hungry spirits seeking a way into Anavatan and the precious power contained in the Silver Lake.
In this bold first of a new fantasy series from Canadian Patton (The Golden Sword, etc.), six gods, who originated from spirits that mated with humans and who can take corporeal form at will, rule the magical city of Anavatan, which sits next to the brilliant silver lake of Gol-Beyaz. During the chaotic rite known as Havoc's Dance, two small boys, Brax and Spar, are drawn to Estavia, the powerful red-eyed god of battle. Opposing them is another boy, Graize, who sides with the still-growing Incasa, the god of prophecy. Court intrigues enrich the story, as do many made-up words that lend color but whose meanings readers must figure out in context. The smashing climax neatly sets up events for volume two.
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October 31, 2005
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