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Young Deveron Austrey has a secret: He is a wild Talent, a rare individual with magical abilities that cannot be detected by sorcerers. As the intelligencer for Prince Conrig of Cathra, Deveron (a.k.a. Snudge) uses his abilities to further his liege's obsessive quest for power -- with disastrous results.
The kingdom of Cathra is one of four sovereignties that make up High Blenholme, a much-storied island in the Boreal Sea steeped in mystical folklore. With his father on his deathbed, Prince Conrig secretly allies with Ullanoth, the seductive daughter of the Conjure-King of Moss. Of the four kingdoms on the island, Moss is looked down upon for its open use of magic and its long association with dangerous magical creatures like the Salka and the Beaconfolk. But while Conrig sees Ullanoth as a means to powerful magic, she sees the handsome prince as a military ally who can help her defeat her evil brother, who wants to kill her and her father and rule Moss himself. Conrig's grand plan to unify the island kingdoms seems impossible; but with the help of Ullanoth and Snudge, an unlikely scheme is formulated.
Those who enjoy superbly written epic fantasy sagas like Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time and the Wayfarer Redemption series by Sara Douglass will delight in Conqueror's Moon. With dozens of fully realized characters and enough magic, treachery, intrigue, and illicit romance to fill five books, this wildly entertaining novel is just the first volume in what should be an incredible series. Paul Goat Allen