A Sorcerer's Treason
By Sarah Zettel
(Tor Books, Hardcover, 9780312874414, 528pp.)
Publication Date: April 2002
Other Editions of This Title: Mass Market Paperback
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A World of Magic and Peril
1899, Sand Island, Wisconsin: Bridget Lederle is a lighthouse keeper on this stormy, windswept shore of Lake Superior. One cold night she sees a boat foundering near the island's shoals, and rescues its lone occupant. The strangely dressed sailor tells her a fantastic tale, of Isavalta, a world where magic reigns, and where she is-incredibly-destined to play a key role in a power struggle between the Dowager Empress and her foes.
Isavalta, where magic can be found in the pattern of knots on a string, the colors of a dress, or even smoke in the air, beckons to her. Bridget has the second sight of her family, but the magical land where she will go with the sailor holds far greater marvels, and terrible perils that even she cannot see. For she carries secrets within her that even she doesn't know, secrets that could change the fate of the fabulous magical world that calls her home . . .
Sarah Zettel's novel Reclamation won the Locus Award for the Best First Novel, won the Locus Award for Best First SF Novel. Her novel Fool's War was runner-up for the Philip K. Dick Award for Best Paperback Original SF novel. She lives with her growing family outside Ann Arbor, Michigan.
"A Sorcerer's Treason is a gem of a book, artfully blending the windswept magic of late nineteenth century Lake Superior with that of the mystical realm of Isavalta."--Elizabeth Haydon
"A sumptuous tale of subtle magic, malevolent sorcery and twisted loyalties where nothing is at it first."--Sara Douglass