Although Rhennthyl is the son of a leading wool merchant in L'Excelsis, the capital of Solidar. Then, in a single moment, his entire life is transformed when his master patron is killed in a flash fire, and Rhenn discovers he is an imager - one of the few in the entire world of Terahnar who can visualize things and make them real.
Praise for L. E. Modesitt, Jr.:
"The author's skill in portraying the humanity of characters who possess the power to destroy others with a thought adds a level of verisimilitude and immediacy rarely found in grand-scale fantasy."
""Modesitt is an extremely intelligent writer, possessing remarkable ingenuity at creating systems of magic and a real gift for characterization."
""Modesitt's work shines with engrossing characters, terrific plotting, and realistic world-building."
--"Romantic Times BOOKreviews"