Street hustler, Kalan Laurelbane, has been at his game for more than a hundred years. More than enough to time to forget what he'd done to his father. Now, two strangers looking for a wizard to save them from a nasty drought they say could have worldwide consequences. After being caught by the local magistrate and told that he will be hanged for his crimes, it becomes apparent to the strangers that he is the wizard they seek.
Kalan, a sleight-of-hand swindler, is unable to convince himself that he has the power to save the world from a devastating drought. How can he recover a lost artifact stolen by a chimera controlled by a mad wizard bent on becoming the next Emperor of Aerolia?
The son of the most famous man in the world, legendary Crown Breaker Ghreggry Laurelbane, Kalan wants to live life in obscurity and try to forget that fateful day when he ended his father's life. When a tribal woman and a university man come looking for a wizard to help them bring back the rain, he must face his worst nightmares.
Amad-Dûr, the Magistrate of Yuln, runs a clean city and wants to keep it that way to ascend to the throne as Emperor of Aerolia. Kalan's swindling ways threaten that plan. As Kalan struggles to make enough money to go north in search of his mother, he must elude the city guards and the ire of the Magistrate. Amad-Dûr has another problem, he needs someone with even the simplest of training in the arcane arts to perform a spell to control the chimera that has stolen a harp that calls the rain.
Kalan's choice is clear, or so he thought. He must help the Magistrate with his spell or his friends will certainly die slowly and painfully. In doing so, he might doom the whole world to an arid death controlled by a tyrannical emperor who commands a chimera.
About the Author
T. Lee Messick was born in Colorado Springs to a military family. He spent most of his young life traveling in the United States and most of his adult life traveling the world as a member of the United States Air Force. He received a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science and a Master's Degree in Management of Information System. He retired from active duty in 2008 and now spends his working days programming computers and his nights writing novels. He currently works as a contractor for the DoD. He lives with his wife, two kids and two dogs in balmy Crestview, Florida. While he's not doing either programming or writing, he's cleaning house, fixing broken things, and doing the rest of the mundane chores.