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“A dimlock cannot be removed,” Rodenis had taught them, “except by the holder of its key.”
A dimlock collar, made in mocking imitation of a great chain of office, is used to keep a mage from casting a spell or reaching out for mana. Its medallions are raised disks each separated by short links and each with the sign of a black spell. With its dark power it made the wearer separate from mana and the world around him. A dimlock is used to bind, to punish, to transport some mage whose deeds were so unspeakable that only execution awaits him.
What if a dimlock could be removed? What if the lock could be picked, the medallions pried from flesh? Could the wearer live through the ordeal? Should he even be allowed to live?
Brillar’s removal of a dimlock throws her world out of balance. Accepting an apprenticeship from a Mage of the Four Powers restores the balance but puts both their lives in danger.
Follow them to the edge, the Wilds and beyond with Orb and Arrow.
The magic system is delightful, as are her two main characters (one a mage and the other an archer).
I was especially intrigued by the dimlock and the magic surrounding it. It’s been a long time since I read a fantasy novel and this was a good one to dive back in. Looking forward to the next book.