The Four Forges: The Elven Ways #1
by Jenna Rhodes
DAW Hardcover Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 0756402743
Date: 02 May, 2006 List Price $23.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
From back of book: Kerith has been bereft of magic ever since the devastating Magi wars. Since that time, Galdarkan mercenaries, peaceful Dwellers, Kernan tradesmen and merchants, and brutish Bolgers have all coexisted until--carried on the wings of some otherworldly spell storm--the Vaelinars mysteriously appeared form nowhere.
Though the Vaelinars had no idea how they got there, they did bring elemental magic to the world, and with it held sway over the gods of Kerith. Now, generations after their arrival, Kerith stands at a turning point. The Accords that put an end to the Vaelinar feuds and conquests may soon be broken. Already there are many signs of evil to come as those who wish to overturn the accepted order of things gather their forces in secret.
Leading the side seeking to preserve the peace are the Vaelinar Warrior Queen, Lariel Anderieon, and her brother, Jeredon. Included among their rands are: the Farbranches, the Dweller family who saved and adopted Rivergrace, a Vaelinar child carried to them on the river; Grace herself, who has hardly a memory of her past, and is sought by far too many of the enemy; Sevryn, a Vaelinar half-breed, pledged to serve Lariel and her cause--but what he can accomplish hinges on recovering twenty years of his life for which he cannot account; and an extraordinary Bolger named Rufus.
As hostilities escalate, and treachery abounds, two young people, one broken of soul and the other broken of mind, find their fates intertwined as mixed bloodlines both curse and bless them. Can a river-borne slave and a street-savvy half-breed find their own personal truth in time to avert a devastating civil war?
(Source: DAW Hardcover)