The Ninth Talisman

The Ninth Talisman

Lawrence Watt-Evans

Synopsis of The Ninth Talisman

All of the world is kept in a delicate balance under the supervision of the Wizard Lord. It is his duty to govern lightly and protect his domain...but if he should stray from the way of the just, then it is up to the Chosen to intercede. The Chosen are the Leader, the Seer, the Swordsman, the Beauty, the Thief, the Scholar, the Archer, and the Speaker. These are magically infused mortal individuals who for the term of their service have only one function--to remove an errant Wizard Lord. The Chosen fulfilled this role when they removed the previous Wizard Lord and exposed treachery from within their own ranks.

Since their last adventure, the world has returned to apparent peace and prosperity. The new Wizard Lord rules benevolently...but with an eye towards modernization through technology, instead of magic. Do such plans jeopardize the delicate balance of power?

Is a Wizard Lord who is able to rule without magic a threat to the Chosen?

Reviews of The Ninth Talisman


a rousing adventure just a bit slow out of the gate. -- Paul Di Filippo,

After a slow and steady build-up, the story explodes into a maelstrom of action, violence, and death. -- Hilary Williamson, Bookloons

Readers will enjoy this novel so much they will recommend it to their friends who like sword and sorcery fantasy. -- Harriet Klausner's Review Archive

When so many of today's fantasies are nothing more than magical wilderness romps, Watt-Evans... 'the Annals of the Chosen... Series is a gripping study of power balances and the morality of what's right and what's wrong. -- Mark Rose, Bookgasm

I think I figured out the mystery of the ninth talisman, but I won't know until the next Book arrives. But when it does, it will be jumped to the top of the pile. -- Don D'Ammassa, Critical mass

If you like swords, sorcery, and interplay between characters, this is the Book for you. -- Willaim Lawhorn, SFRevu