The Awakeners is a vivid and sweeping work of fiction in two volumes—"Northshore" and "Southshore"—that "possesses just about every possible virtue that one could ask of a fantasy novel" (Booklist).
Pamra Don is a young woman scarred by her mother's death, lured to a priesthood where the truth must be hidden from the faithful. Thrasne is a young boatman who trades wares from town to town, free from the iron control of the towers of the Awakeners—and from the priests of the world of the River. Free, that is, as long as he never speaks his mind.
These two individuals, by design and by accident, are about to discover many truths. And on the Northshore of the River, the truth can kill you.