By Melanie Rawn
Tor Books, Hardcover, 9780765323620, 368pp.
Publication Date: February 28, 2012
Cayden Silversun is part Elven, part Fae, part human Wizard--and all rebel. His aristocratic mother would have him follow his father to the Royal Court, to make a high society living off the scraps of kings. But Cade lives and breathes for the theater, and he's good--very, very good. With his company, he'll enter the highest reaches of society and power, as an honored artist--or die trying. Cade combines the talents of Merlin, Shakespeare, and John Lennon: a wholly charming character in a remarkably original fantasy world created by a mistress of the art.
Although "Touchstone "can stand alone, it is the first book of a brilliant, utterly engaging new fantasy series from the author of the bestselling Dragon Prince series.
"Impressive… Melanie Rawn is good!"
—Anne McCaffrey, bestselling author of The Dragonriders of Pern
"I am mad (petulant, in fact!) that I can't immediately read book number two in the Exiles trilogy.... Melanie Rawn has established beyond doubt that she is a great writer of fantasy and The Ruins of Ambrai will join the Dragon series in my library of favorites for years to come."
—Realms of Fantasy on The Ruins of Ambrai
"Rawn's talent for lush descriptions and complex characterizations provides a broad range of drama, intrigue, romance, and adventure. Her depiction of Lenfell's unique matriarchal society adds further texture to this densely woven fantasy tapestry." —Library Journal on The Ruins of Ambrai
"Romance, intrigue, magic, and myth mingle freely in this first of a series that should appeal to readers of fantasy and epic romance." —Library Journal on The Dragon Prince