As if Eleanor Tavis doesn’t have enough to deal with already, given her upcoming challenge against the magister of the English wizard’s guild, now she’s developed this disconcerting attraction toward the man she’s apprenticed herself to in her ongoing quest to become a full-fledged wizard.
Harry Tomlinson is not only an alchemist, working an utterly different sort of magic, but he’s the magister of the alchemist’s guild and about as unsuitable a person for a wizard’s overseer as it is possible to find. But he was the only one willing to take her on as apprentice.
Then she wins her challenge and her problems only multiply. The rest of England’s wizardry seem determined to challenge her one by one. She somehow becomes the new wizard’s magister and is forced to deal with politics. And even more frightening – Harry has asked her to marry him!
Gail Dayton wrote her first story at the tender age of nine, and she's been writing ever since. She was a RITA finalist in 2002 for Best First Book, and won a Prism award for Best Fantasy with The Barbed Rose in 2007. She lives with her husband of thirty-something years on the Texas Gulf coast where she is working up to riding past 45th Street on her brand-new red Schwinn.