The silk of this unnatural arachnid was like iron. Her struggles were futility. Swiftly the spider ensnared her other hand and began to cocoon her.
The dark and powerful wizard Ekron is locked in a war with his mortal enemy, another equally insidious wizard, Pyre.
But Ekron possesses a talent that was as potent and commanding as it was dangerous to himself: He could see into the future.
The future, once seen, could not be changed. Many times he had looked forward to see his plans fail.
While looking forward into one of his failed plans, Ekron saw the mighty Pyre make one blunder. It served to plant a single tenuous seed for later disaster.
And what of Tiana, the pirate queen, captain of Vixen?
Having found herself arrested for the crimes of piracy and high treason, her sentence was to be cremated alive.
During the trial, while she is pleading her case to High Magistrate Ishcon of the Grand Court of Thesia, he is mysteriously killed and suspended from the ceiling by a spider’s web…
Tiana must escape to an alien land and bring about an end to this war between wizards.
Armed with a mysterious black box she goes to face Ekron and Pyre…
Praise for Andrew J. Offutt:
“Great entertainment of epic scope” – Poul Anderson
“One of the major players from the sword and sorcery boom from the 70s” – Adventures Fantastic
“Offers a new dimension in heroic fantasy.” – Jerry Pournelle
“This is only the first of many adventures to come.” – Andre Norton
Andrew Jefferson Offutt was an American science fiction and fantasy author who wrote prolifically under a variety of pseudonyms and genres, including John Cleve, John Denis, Jeff Morehead, and Turk Winter. He is the father of novelist Chris Offutt and professor Jeff Offutt. A sterling author of both science fiction and fantasy, primarily in the subgenre of Sword and Sorcery, he was most active throughout the 1970s and 80s. Venture Press have also released Demon in the Mirror and The Eyes of Sarsis.