Ages ago, sorcerers of unmatched power sundered a world into four
realms – sky, stone, fire, and water – then vanished. Over time,
magicians learned to work spells only in their own realms and forgot
the others. Now only the few who have survived the Labyrinth and
crossed the Death Gate know of the presence of all four realms – and
even they have yet to unravel the mysteries of their seveed world...
On steamy Pryan, Realm of Fire, never-ending sunlight and plentiful rain have created a jungle so vast that humans and elves dwell high in the trees and only the dwarves live anywhere near the ground. From the treetops the aristocratic elves sell weapons to the other races, whose incessant warfare sends a steady stream of profits and essential resources skyward. Now, generations of dissent and race hatred will not heal – not even under the threat of annihilation at the hands of the legendary tytans. Armed with little more than their wits and a prophecy, an elf, a human, and a dwarf must unite to try to save the world from destruction.
Tracy Hickman (born 1955) has been writing and exploring fantasy and science fiction since the 1970s. Tracy eventually became a New York Times bestselling author (with Margaret Weis) of numerous series such as Dragonlance, the Death Gate Cycle, Darksword, and Rose of the Prophet.
Together with his wife Laura, Tracy co-created the Dragonlance and Ravenloft games and, more recently, their own fantasy series, The Bronze Canticles. Tracy and Laura live in the Salt Lake Valley of Utah and have four children.