Nightwalker : The Warlocks of Talverdin, Book 1
After his guardian dies, Maurey is reduced from student to unpaid servant at his grammar school and bullied because of his black hair and eyes, which make him look as if he is related to the sorcerers who once inhabited the island. When it is discovered that Maurey is indeed a descendent of one of those sorcerers, or Nightwalkers, he is sentenced to be burned alive. He and his young rescuer flee for the Nightwalkers' hidden kingdom. Any reader who enjoys otherworld fantasy, or just a good adventure story, will not be able to put this book down.
- Paperback | 208 pages
- 150 x 180 x 32mm | 240g
- 01 Mar 2007
- Orca Book Publishers,Canada
- Victoria, Canada
Back cover copy
"Wait!" Chancellor Holden cried, and fast as a striking hawk he swooped forward and dragged me up by the front of my tunic. Even as he swooped, I realized that in the fall, my mother's rings had tumbled out the neck of my shirt. I clutched at them, but too late. Chancellor Holden jerked the heavy chain over my head and held it swinging before them all. "A thief and a sneak!" exclaimed Master Arvol. "I am not!" I yelled. "They're mine, from my mother. Give them to me1" I grabbed at them, and the chancellor jerked them out of my reach. After his guardian dies, Maurey is demoted from student to unpaid servant at his grammar school and bullied because of his black hair and eyes, which make him resemble the sorcerers who once inhabited the island. When it is discovered that Maurey is indeed a descendant of one of those sorcerers, or Nightwalkers, he is sentenced to be burned alive. He and his young rescuer flee for the Nightwalker's hidden kingdom.
"The vaguely medieval fantasy past...gives [Johansen] a chance to use both her background as a medieval scholar and her fascination with The Lord of the Rings."--Quill & Quire
Our customer reviews
Maurey used to be a student at the grammar school at Fowler College, but that was before his guardian passed away. Suddenly all of his tuition money, paid through college degree level, mysteriously disappeared. Now Maurey is an unpaid servant at the school, and whipping boy for bored students. In addition to being a charity case, he bears a striking physical resemblance to the sorcerers who were driven from the land many years ago. He is insulted, harassed, even assaulted, at virtually every turn. His only escape is the dark tunnels underneath the school. His extraordinary night vision helps him navigate and elude his captors. Until tonight. Tonight he got away from the bullying students and ran directly into the King, along with the master of the school and the King\'s Chancellor. As a result of the impact, the chain around his neck bearing rings from his mother, the only thing he has that connects him to her, falls out of his shirt. First accused of theft, closer examination of the rings causes a much greater stir. Maury finds himself locked in a dungeon, waiting to be tried for sorcery. If his greatest fears about his ancestry are true, Maurey will undoubtedly be killed. His only possibility for help seems to be a very unlikely and unwise choice. All I can say is WOW! I\'ve read a fair amount of fantasy/paranormal books, and this is one of the best I\'ve come across. Amazingly well-developed and imagined, both character and story-wise, intelligent, and witty. It\'s books like this, and the knowledge that it\'s only book one, that make me love this job!show moreby TeensReadToo