At The Walls Of Galbrieth (Wycaan Master Book 1) by Alon Shalev
|Title: At The Walls Of Galbrieth (Wycaan Master Book 1)
Author: Alon Shalev
Rating: 4.6 out of 5.0 stars(5)
Winner of the 2013 Eric Hoffer Book Award for YA and a Grand Prize Finalist. The young elf desired only to follow in his mother’s footsteps and become a healer. But when the Emperor’s army attacks his village to punish traitors and conscript youth, Seanchai flees to the mountains, seeking safe harbor with an uncle he has never met. He is shocked as many people sacrifice their lives to ensure he reaches a Wycaan Master, an enigmatic woman named Mhari, who can teach him to wield a powerful death-and-life magic that might just free the races of Odessiya.
In a world defined by strict racial boundaries, where humans rule, dwarves hide deep underground, and elves are a slave nation, Seanchai must find a way to create friendships and trust, unheard of since the fall of the Wycaan Masters, and reunite the races into an alliance that will bring freedom to all.
But sometimes one must choose between his companions and his destiny. Seanchai abhors his ability to kill and, in the friendships he forges, discovers something potentially more powerful than his magic.
Friendship, however, can be a double-edged sword.