The Ninth Talisman

Volume Two of The Annals of the Chosen

The Annals of the Chosen (Volume 2 of 3)

Lawrence Watt-Evans

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All of the world is kept in a delicate balance under the supervision of the Wizard Lord. It is his duty to govern lightly and protect his domain…but if he should stray from the way of the just, then it is up to the Chosen to intercede.
 
The Chosen are the Leader, the Seer, the Swordsman, the Beauty, the Thief, the Scholar, the Archer, and the Speaker. These are magically infused mortal individuals who for the term of their service have only one function--to remove an errant Wizard Lord. 
 
The Chosen fulfilled this role when they removed the previous Wizard Lord and exposed treachery from within their own ranks.

Since their last adventure, the world has returned to apparent peace and prosperity. The new Wizard Lord rules benevolently...but with an eye towards modernization through technology, instead of magic. 
 
Do such plans jeopardize the delicate balance of power?

Is a Wizard Lord who is able to rule without magic a threat to the Chosen?

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Chapter One

Sword paused on the path below the pavilion, an empty jug in his hand. Standing a few yards past the brewer’s house that marked the end of the village’s central cluster of homes, he leaned forward, listening.

He thought at first it might just be an echo of someone speaking up in the pavilion, that rambling ridgetop structure that served as the village’s communal storehouse and gathering place, but the direction was wrong even for an echo. In all the years he had lived here, all the hundreds of times he had walked this path, he had never before encountered such an auditory

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Praise for The Ninth Talisman:
 
"Lawrence Watt-Evans has given us a fantasy with old tropes used in new and interesting ways--where villains have reasonable motives and heroes have nagging doubts. I read this book in a gulp, and I’m looking forward to the next!" – S.M. Stirling
 
Praise for The Wizard Lord:
 
“Recommended"--Library Journal

“Watt-Evans carries through his tale with a good mix of humor and suspense and insight into the human condition.”--Paul Di Filippo, Science Fiction Weekly
 
“Lawrence Watt-Evans is an accomplished writer in a number of genres, but sword and sorcery is one of his strengths.'--Hartford Courant
 
“An appealing and entertaining new series.”--Romantic Times BookReviews

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Lawrence Watt-Evans

LAWRENCE WATT-EVANS has written more than a dozen fantasy novels. He lives in Maryland.

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The Ninth Talisman
Volume Two of The Annals of the Chosen
Lawrence Watt-Evans

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April 2008
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ISBN: 9781429950305
ISBN10: 1429950307
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 320 pages
$7.99
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