In the second book of epic fantasy in the Collegium Sorcerorum series, begun in Collegium Sorcerorum: Thaddeus of Beewicke, four boys are taken to the Sorcerer’s College to learn the most powerful forms of the practice of magic. None could know the immensity of the ancient Evil that some believe dwells there unseen. It is a summer in the Dark Ages, and Master Silvestrus of the Collegium Sorcerorum has guided his three charges –
Thaddeus of Beewicke, Anders of Brightfield Manor and Rolland of Fountaindale — safely to the school of Sorcery to begin their magical education. There they meet a fourth, Zoarr, Prince of Mauretesia, completing their circle — the Circuitus Octipes Magnus. The boys excel in their studies until accosted by Master Perditus, a shunned Sorcerer, whose mind and heart are seldom turned from the Minaret of Power, a magical tower stolen from the land of the Cin and housed in secrecy on the school’s campus. Bizarre and unexplained acts lead the apprentices to seek answers from the Goblin Mistress of the College, Lilyput, and her phantom associate, Brother Longbone.
Matters come to a head when the boys are lured to the twilit town of Bannock where agents of the Thieve’s Guild and the Family of the Grecoliae seek to first subdue then enslave the good friends. Their quest for knowledge is perilous and on the way the apprentices are confronted by an ancient Centaur, Gargoyle lovers, the last surviving Neanderthal, a four hundred year old parrot who can mimic any living person and assume any form, a still-living leader of the first peoples of the Northern Continent, Ice Faerrae, Excelsior Class Thieves, an albino Griffon, an Arch Daemon, a mad Hermit amputee, and the warriors of the Iron Company as they seek to unravel the mystery of the laughing presence in the Tower. The apprentices’ adventures continue in the third volume of the College of Sorcery series, Collegium Sorcerorum: Thaddeus and the Daemon.
In this book of epic fantasy, a boy is taken to the Sorcerer’s College to learn the most powerful forms of the practice of magic. None could know the immensity of the ancient Evil that some believe dwells there unseen.
It is a summer of the Dark Ages when an old vagabond appears in Beewicke offering the parents of the boy, Thaddeus, the promise of a fine education and a trade for their son. Gold exchanges hands and the stranger and the boy go off in the old man’s cart, pulled by the sentient mule, Asullus.
On the journey, he is joined by two others recruited by their new Master — Anders of Brightfield Manor, a scholar, and Rolland of Fountaindale, a street thief. The three boys are unaware they are all the ultimate descendants of this very same Sorcerer.
Silvestrus begins the instruction of his charges by stating that the use of Sorcery is governed by Belief. If one has the inborn talent and the strength of Belief, one’s desires can take form — assuming any size, any shape and for any purpose. But he also warns them that each use of Sorcery shortens a Sorcerer’s life span by an unknowable quantity. The old man pronounces one last requirement — before he or she can command the use of Sorcery, a youth must first be intimate with a beloved.
Their quest for the College is perilous and on the way they are beset by beasts, brigands, a Demon, a black-haired Courtesan, the King of the Moths, tree fiends, ghost legions and Greensward Aelvae as they seek to achieve their final goal — the ancient and revered Collegium Sorcerorum.
The adventures of the book’s characters continue in two further volumes — Collegium Sorcerorum: Thaddeus and the Master, and Collegium Sorcerorum: Thaddeus and the Daemon.