"Tropical, friendly, and largely uninhabited" was how Clothahump the wizard had described the swamps of the south. But from warring colonies of tough-talking prairie dogs, to the magical mime-vines, to a mammoth mountain of living muck and a hidden colony of dreaded Plated Folk, Jon-Tom the spellsinger and his otter comrade Mudge find their journey southward full of strong spells and deadly foes. Should they ever reach the city of Quesequa, their mission is to unman the mysterious new magician, Marcus the Ineluctable. But Marcus' forces seem unlimited, his hunger for power insatiable, and his influence over his followers total. Is the spellsinging magic of Jon-Tom enough to save Quesequa – and all of the wizard's world?
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Alan Dean Foster (born 1946) is a prolific American author of fantasy and science fiction.
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