Review :: Voyage of the Fox Rider
Voyage of the Fox Rider
The tale takes us back through the millennia to the First Age of Mithgar, to the era when Mages perfected their spell lore on the island of Rwn, and the Hidden Ones, those first settlers on Mithgar, dwelt in shadow-protected solitude in the deep woods. It began with a dream sending, a life debt owed, and a quest. Or, perhaps, it began with a Pysk and a promise.
When the Mage Alamar found his astral observations disturbed by an unexpected tapping at his door, he was astounded to discover that his visitor was a one-foot-tall lady riding a fox, the Lady Jinnarin, a Pysk, one of the Hidden Ones who had long since fled from the sight and ken of Mages, Men, Elves, and Dwarves. Only the direst emergency could have drawn the Pysk from the sanctuary of Darda Glain and, indeed, it was both love and terror that had driven Jinnarin to Alamar’s door.
For Jinnarin’s mate, Farrix, had vanished months before in search of the source of a mysterious series of plumes he’d spied being drawn to earth from the auroral lights. Since his departure, Jinnarin had been plagued again and again by a nightmare from which she always woke in the icy grip of fear. Certain the dream is a warning, and that Farrix is in terrible danger, Jinnarin has come to Alamar, for the Mage owes Farrix a life debt.
And so Pysk and Mage embark on a quest to find the vanished Farrix, a quest that will see them roving the world aboard the fabled ship of Aravan the Elf – a quest that will pit Pysk Magic, Elf, Men, and Dwarves against a master of evil bent on opening a pathway of power to Mithgar for his own Dark God.
Dennis Lester McKiernan (born 1932) is an American writer best known for his Mithgar novels. His genres include high fantasy (set in various fictitious worlds), science fiction, horror fiction, and crime fiction.