by Tracy Hickman
Drakis is an Impress Warrior -- a battle slave -- in an obscure Elven household on the all but forgotten frontiers of the Rhonas Empire. He is a human; a rare thing in a world where humanity itself is all but extinct. But when a mysterious dwarf shatters the spell that enthralls the household slaves their world is shattered as well -- and Drakis finds himself drawn toward a prophesied destiny that may -- or may not -- be his and which he will do anything to avoid.
Drakis returns from the War of the Nineth Throne -- the last of the great dwarven wars -- with a prize for his elven master: a strange dwarven bard and a stone which the dwarf claims to be the greatest treasure of all the kingdoms. He hopes that this prize will win him his hearts desire: pairing with his beloved Mala, a human female slave in their master's household.
But the dwarf tells Drakis that his life is a lie: that the elven devotions held each night hide from his mind every bad thing that happened to him during the day ... and keeping him a contented slave forever. When Drakis is nearly beaten to death by his master and then suffers even worse abuse by his daughter -- all predicted with horrifying accuracy by the dwarf -- Drakis begins to question the very devotions that are at the heart of elven life. But it is only when the dwarf destroys the well of house magic that the spell collapses...
...And suddenly every slave in the household -- from lowest cook to the trained warriors of the household cohort -- suddenly REMEMBERS.
Thus begins the odyssey of Drakis, an escaped slave, who discovers that his name is at the heart of a prophesy that threatens the existence of the oppressive Rhonas Empire itself. Yet as destiny seems to close in on Drakis from every turn, he himself tries desperately to avoid fate.
Book 2 is tentatively titled: Citadels of the Lost. Book 3 is tentatively titled 'Blood of the Emperor.'