Date: 07 October, 2003 — $7.99 — Book
This is the tale of Alberich, the weapons instructor of the Heralds in the time of Talia (Queen's Own.) More accurately, it is the tale of his Choosing, of his life after his gift of Foresight got him condemned to death by the priests of his culture. Even more specifically, it is the tale of his fitting in to a land which has been his land's long-term enemy... and his struggle to fit what he is learning into his faith.
It's a good story, told in far more depth than the Talia books. Alberich holds true to his principles without taking a reflexive stance against those things he was brought up to fear. He is the ultimate warrior, always seeking the true enemy... and he is the best weapons instructor the Collegium has ever had, as he is merciless to his students, lest a gift of easy training lead to their deaths on the battlefield.
And eventually he has to come to terms with the fact that the hereditery enmity between his homeland and his adopted country is about to boil to the surface again, and that choosing either side will run counter to everything he holds dear.