Kharl is the best cooper in Brysta, and his life has been as snug and regular as his barrels. But in the course of just a few days, it's all staved in. When a young blackstaffer from Recluce is mysteriously murdered in his cooperage, Kharl is summarily jailed. Then, in a shocking turnaround at the trial, his innocent consort is blamed for the killing and quickly executed. Kharl ends up destitute and on the run, but he does take the slain woman's black staff and the book The Basis of Order, which explains the principles of its power. Kharl discovers that he can use the black staff to combat chaos magic and that he needs to because a white wizard is stalking and murdering young women-and seeking Kharl.
About the Author
L. E. Modesitt, Jr., is the bestselling author of over forty novels, including the Imager Portfolio series and the Corean Chronicles series, as well as several other novels in the science fiction genre. He has also published technical studies and articles, columns, poetry, and a number of science fiction stories. He lives in Cedar City, Utah.
Kirby Heyborne, an accomplished actor, musician, and comedian, has received a number of "AudioFile" Earphones Awards and has narrated such titles as "Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist" by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, "Black Swan Green" by David Mitchell, and "The Genius" by Jesse Kellerman.