The sage

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Ballantine Books, May 28, 1996 - Fiction - 374 pages
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THE MAKING OF A HERO Generations ago, Ohaern had played the hero's part in toppling the fearsome Ulahane from the tyrant's throne. His reward had been to spend an eternity with the goddess Rahani--and the years had spun away in a tapestry of bliss. Now humankind had again fallen beneath a despot's heel. Ulahanes son Bolenkar, conceived in savagery and raised in brutality, visited horror upon all the sorry earth. Tenderhearted Rahani turned to her champion to save the world again, but the years had sapped Ohaern's mortal strength. His long-sleeping body awoke aged and stiff and weary. He could guide the fight against Bolenkar, for his wealth of craft and wisdom remained intact. But a younger man must strike the killing blow. Like a swordsmith seeking to craft a sword, Ohaern sought the raw material from which to craft a hero. He chose the outcast bully Culaehra: a scoundrel, despicable and lazy--but one who might be shaped into something better. And the fire in which he would be forged would cleanse the filth from his soul, leaving behind that which was fine and sharp. Whether he would be sharp enough to topple a godling, only mortal combat would decide. . . Join Christopher Stasheff in this world of wonder, where common mortals face utmost peril in their search for freedom and justice, in the fabled land of The Star Stone.

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This writer also does historical novels I understand. - Goodreads
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Interesting history, dealing more with the personalities than with actual battles. It was hard to keep track of the different nobles' loyalties. Read full review

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Hard to follow in spots for someone who is not completely familiar with the subject matter and structure of British noble families and royalty but very interesting and very detailed. By the end, I was ... Read full review

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About the author (1996)

Science fiction/fantasy writer Christopher Stasheff was born in Mount Vernon, New York in 1944. He received a BA and a MA in Speech and Broadcasting from the University of Michigan and a PhD in Theater from the University of Nebraska. He taught theater at Montclair State University in New Jersey before leaving to become a full-time author. He writes the following series: Warlock, Star Troupers, Rogue Wizard, and Wizard in Rhyme. He currently lives in Portales, New Mexico and teaches radio and television at Eastern New Mexico University.

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