The Price of Freedom. The greatest and most tragic of the Aachim, Tensor, uses the Mirror of Aachan and leads his people to Santhenar to attack his Charon enemies. But will the mirror show true – or will it betray him? A novelette.
The Harrows. Dare Lita open the box at the bottom of the pool? But if she does, will it save her people – or harrow them again? A short story.
A Wizard's War. Towards the end of the devastating War of the Clysm, the first meeting of two of the greatest wizards ever born on on Santhenar will set up a thousand years of conflict. Here, for the first time and in Mendark's own words, is the story of the worst deed of his life, and the deed that made him. A novelette.
The Professional Liar. Llian, brilliant creator of the 23rd Great Tale, the monumental Tale of the Mirror, is a tormented man, racked by guilt and post-traumatic stress. Can he save himself or is it too late for him? A short story.
The Seventh Sister. Aviel, a seventh sister, is the unluckiest girl in the world, and constantly tormented by her six slatternly grown-up sisters. But she is also gifted, and when her sisters hurl her into the haunted Sacrifice Tree, Aviel encounters a dying man, desperate to get a message out to his beloved Tallia, the Magister. Can Aviel solve the riddle of his murder, and turn her miserable life around, or will the thumbless killer get her too? A novella.
One Throw of the Die. This story is set immediately after the disastrous ending of Chimaera. The surviving allies, led by Flydd, flee for their lives, pursued relentlessly by the ruthless tyrant, Jal-Nish, whose two quicksilver Tears now hold all the magical power in the world. Then Flydd's dying friend, Troist, begs him to save his twin daughters from the tyrant. Flydd knows it's a suicide mission but cannot refuse. Can he rescue Liliwen and Meriwen from the most powerful mancer in the world, or will Jal-Nish destroy them all? A long novella.