Geran Hulmaster, a swordmage exiled from the elven city of Myth Drannor, returns home to find the peaceful city of Hulburg oppressed by the greed of ruthless merchants and threatened by hordes of marauding orcs. His uncle, the harmarch of Hulburg, desperately needs his help if Hulburg is to survive. But has he come too late?
Vasa needs control of Hulburg, but Hulburg is unwilling to bend its knee to the dread nation. So Kardhel, a Warlock Knight of Vasa, stirs the violent passions of the neighboring tribes of orcs, uniting them in a way that hasn’t been seen in years, to go to Hulburg to pillage and burn. Hulburg will belong to Vasa—one way or another.
Years of adventuring have imbued Geran with skill, cunning, and courage—and more fight than Hulburg’s enemies have any reason to expect. But more than orcs plot against House Hulmaster, and it will take every ounce of his abilities just to counter Vasa—let alone discover the darker, more devious threat closer to home.
Swordmage is the first novel in the epic Blades of the Moonsea trilogy. Author Richard Baker is one of the primary creators of the 4th Edition FORGOTTEN REALMS Campaign Setting, and is his unique insight shines through in this trilogy—the first to be set entirely in the new edition. Blades of the Moonsea continues with Corsair.
RICHARD BAKER resides in western Washington with his wife Kim and their daughters Alex and Hannah. He is a former US Navy officer and a graduate of Virginia Tech. His interests include Golden Age SF, military history, hiking in the Cascades, wargames, and the Philadelphia Phillies.