The Way Into Magic
Harry Connolly, author
BOOK TWO OF THE GREAT WAY: Having lost the prince to the madness of The Blessing, Tejohn and Cazia are the only people who know of his plan to retrieve a secret spell that might, just might, turn the tide of battle against the grunts. But Tejohn’s body is broken, and Cazia has been stripped of her magic. Worse, both are being held captive: Tejohn faces charges of treason in the lands where he was born. On the other side of the continent, Cazia is a prisoner of the Tilkilit queen, a creature with a desperate, deadly plan. While they struggle for their freedom, The Blessing continues to spread across Kal-Maddum, their numbers growing more numerous as the human population shrinks. What had started as a race to restore an empire has quickly become a mission to save humanity from extinction. “Complex world, tight action, awesome women as well as men; Connolly was good right out of the gate and just keeps getting better.” — Sherwood Smith “Heroic in scope, but intimately human, and richly detailed.” — Kat Richardson The Way Into Magic continues the story from The Way Into Chaos. The trilogy concludes with The Way Into Darkness. Author Harry Connolly's first book, CHILD OF FIRE, was listed to Publishers Weekly's Best 100 Books of 2009.
Picking up immediately from the events of The Way into Chaos, Connolly’s gripping second epic fantasy novel continues to build tension. With the empire fallen, Tejohn Treygar, once a feared and respected noble, has gone from “king’s shield bearer to the lowliest of servants to a prisoner in a dungeon,” captured by self-designated King Shunzik and tortured for information about the missing true prince. His former companion Cazia Freewell, once a student magic user and now a wizard, is held captive by the invading Tilkilit, who want her magic to help them conquer the rest of the continent. Escapes are made, plans are formed, alliances are tested, and intriguing and subtle mysteries are introduced. Connolly avoids the middle-book doldrums with deft twists and complications that keep the reader guessing. As well-written as this installment is, readers should not start here; though released as three novels, the story is actually structured as three parts of one saga, and cliffhangers abound. (BookLife)