Author(s): Margaret Mahy
For as long as he can remember, Heriot Tarbas has been plagued with fits, headaches, dreams, and nightmares that make him feel as if a part of his very self is being torn away. His visions are only whispered about in his quiet life on the family farm. But when the King of Hoad hears word of his powers and seeks him out to be a member of the royal court, it becomes clear that Heriot has a gift, and a valuable one. How Heriot chooses to use his magic will change lives--and determine his fate--in this fantastical tale exploring the meaning of truth, freedom, and loyalty to one's greater destiny.
"Mahy has created a unique bildungsroman, complex and challenging, yet richly rewarding. This novel should prove deeply satisfying . . . Another excellent work from the masterful storyteller."--"School Library Journal"