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Marked with the tainted sword of the evil Prince Mephtik, Jarral Gullen will die horribly unless both the blade and the prince are destroyed by the next full moon. With the help of his friends, Archer, Scythe and the Lady Mandragorina - a band of magically talented adventurers - Jarral undertakes a perilous journey to Mephtik's demon-guarded fortress. Battling monsters and demons, they fight to overturn Jarral's sentence of death.
According to the wizard Cryl, only Jarral can save the country from Mephtik's evil forces. Of the four friends, Jarral alone possesses the greatest magical talent. But will he live long enough to use it?
Douglas Hill (1935-2007)
Douglas Arthur Hill was a Canadian science fiction author, editor and reviewer. Born in Brandon, Manitoba, and the son of a railroad engineer, he was raised in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. He studied English at the University of Saskatchewan, where he earned an Honours BA in 1957, and at the University of Toronto. Hill moved to Britain with his wife, Gail Robinson, in 1959, where he worked as a freelance writer and editor for Aldus Books. From 1967 to 1968 he served as Assistant Editor of the controversial New Worlds science fiction magazine under Michael Moorcock.