Author: Orson Scott Card
Publisher: Subterranean Press
Release Date: October 31, 2008
Size: 112 pages, Hardcover
Novella length; not eligible for Whitney Award.
When Runnel leaves his mountain valley to head for the great city of the water mages, he has no idea of his own magical talents. But he soon finds that without meaning to, he complicates and then endangers the lives of everyone he comes to know and care about. For when it comes to magic, there are rules and laws, and the untrained mage-to-be must be careful not to tap into deep forces and ancient enmities. Other people might end up paying the price for his mistakes.