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Bearing the Ra'ira, Raithskar's most sacred gem, Rikardon and Tarani flee a ruthless enemy across the burning deserts of Gandalara. Protected by the swordsman's mighty warcat Keeshah, and the mystic bird called Lonna, who obeys the illusionist's commands, the two discover the smoldering passion they have long denied. But Keeshah leaves them to fulfill an ancient mating ritual in the Valley of the Sha'um, Rikardon and Tarani must risk death in the Well of Darkness to fulfill their destiny.
Randall Garrett (1927 - 1987)
Randall Garrett was an American science fiction and fantasy author. He was a prolific contributor to ASTOUNDING and other science fiction magazines of the 1950s and 1960s, and acted as mentor to a young Robert Silverberg. He is best known for his innovative Lord Darcy stories, which take place in an alternate version of our world where the Plantagenet dynasty never fell. He was married to fellow novelist Vicki Ann Heydron, with whom he wrote the Gandalara Cycle of fantasy books.