This book is the first in a series of fantasy
books from an
writes mostly science fiction
, this book is
a fairy tale
story that frequently waxes poetic
The book starts with a poem:
Only in silence the word,
only in dark the light,
only in dying life:
bright the hawk's flight
on the empty sky.
The Creation of Éa
This poem emphasizes the contrasts needed to appreciate
what we have. The story of the book tells the beginning of the
first phase of Sparrowhawk
's life, and the contrasts he creates in it.
Early on in his career as a wizard
, he unleaches a
in turn gives him the power to do powerful good for the rest of this
phase of his life. But first he must pay the price...
next book: The Tombs of Atuan