Reality settles over Astra and her fellow apprentices in the form of active hatred of Wizards by Plain folk everywhere. That hatred is expressed without violence on Wizard’s Reach, where Plain have long been treated as equals; on the Amedian Mainland, though, violence against those Wizards who still live — the old and retired, as well as the young, abandoned children of the slain Wizards — is become rife.
As the sole group of Wizards still in contact with Magic, through Astra, the apprentices have no choice but to mount a rescue effort for all those Wizards, young and old, who stand threatened by Plain violence.
But angered Plain folk are not the only threat: A colder winter than anyone can remember also shadows a World where there is no Magic to light heating fires. Since the youngest and the oldest who are most susceptible to such cold, the apprentices are forced to move fast in their rescue efforts … at the peril of their own lives … before there is no one left to be saved.
About the Author
B. T. Jaybush is the pen name of Brian and Timothy Jaybush, a father and son team specializing in Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Paranormal worlds.
• Winners: 2008 Zirdland.com Novel Writing Contest (“Relics”)
• Finalists: 2010 Santa Fe Screenplay Contest (“Outpost Station,” the screenplay version of “Sydney Chambers: Captain”)
Brian Jaybush cut his teeth reading science fiction, starting with Asimov's I, Robot at age 10 and progressing insatiably from there. He has been writing all his life, starting as a journalist in junior high school and continuing with legal and technical writing later in life (BA History, 1975; Juris Doctor, 1978). Retirement from 30 years in the telecommunications industry has allowed him to concentrate on fiction writing full time, in partnership with his son, Timothy.
Timothy Jaybush also began reading and writing science fiction at an early age, leading to an uncanny ability to construct unusual and entertaining story lines. In addition to working full-time, Tim graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Philosophy.