Raltarn and his uncle are entrepreneurs, struggling to make an honest living - or failing that, any sort of living - as Raltarn scrapes together a dowry for his fiancée Shanu. Shanu's father, tired of waiting, gives Raltarn an ultimatum - double your fortune in three months or the wedding is off.
While clearing junk from a dead man's house, Raltarn finds a magic mirror that can communicate instantaneously with an identical mirror over great distances. The pair could provide him with a dowry - and might give his country the edge it needs in the long war with its neighbour. When the other mirror proves to be thousands of miles away, across dangerous seas and unexplored lands, Raltarn and his uncle decide the risks are worth it, but they soon discover they are not the only ones who see the opportunity for power and profit...
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Steven J Pemberton writes intelligent and witty fantasy for children, teenagers and adults, or as he puts it, "anyone old enough to understand."
He was born in England in 1970, the son of a librarian and a teacher, so it was probably inevitable that he would grow up loving books. For most of his childhood, he and his family lived in New Zealand, returning to England in 1981. He graduated from the University of York in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in computer science. He now lives in Hertfordshire with his partner, where he works as a software developer.
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