City by the Sea is also known as The Wizard's Statue.
A legacy from a dying stranger sends fifteen-year-old journeyman wizard Randal on a dangerous journey to find the rightful place of an artifact of power, which tempts him to succumb to its tainted magic.
James D. Macdonald (born 1954) is an American author and critic who lives in New Hampshire with his wife and frequent collaborator, Dr. Debra Doyle. He works in several genres, concentrating on fantasy, but also writing science fiction, and mystery and media tie-ins.
Photo: Debra Doyle and Jim MacDonald, fantasy and science fiction authors, at Readercon 2007. Photo source: Wikimedia Commons.