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by S. C. Butler
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Reiffen, true heir to the kingdoms of Banking and Wayland, had lived his entire life quietly with his mother and best friends, Ferris and Avender. His days were filled with sailing, fishing with the talking seals, and trying to swipe as many extra maple candies as he could.
All that changed when the three Wizards snatched Reiffen away to their fortress in the north. There they offered Reiffen the twin gifts of power and immortality--if he helped them wrest control of Banking and Wayland away from his uncle, the usurper.
Although Reiffen's friends rescue him at great peril, Reiffen now decides to return to the Wizards knowing that he would never again be trusted in this old life--even his best friends would fear that the Wizards had "turned" him. He intends to fool the Wizards--gain their knowledge, find their weaknesses, and defeat them with their own weapons and regain the throne that is rightfully his. But Reiffen is forced to do terrible things to gain the Wizards' trust. Has he become as greedy, ambitious, and avaricious as the three Wizard brothers?
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"Stunned when Reiffen and his mother willingly return to Ussene, the dreaded fortress of the Three, Avender and Ferris must go on with their lives. But they can never forget the gentle, happy boy who was the friend of their childhood." "Reiffen's hope? To fool the Wizards. Gain their knowledge, find their weak points, fight and defeat them so that he might regain the throne that is rightfully his...this is the only way to defy them. But Reiffen is forced to do terrible things to gain the trust of the Wizards, who could never be allowed to even suspect his true plan. It is essential that he fool them totally.""Soon, his friends begin to hear frightening rumors of Reiffen's collaboration in the evil schemes of Fornoch, Usseis, and Ossdone...and then there comes the irrefutable evidence that Reiffen has attacked and killed some of the nokken pups. It appears that Reiffen has finally been turned by the Three. Avender and Ferris can no longer hold their love for their friend in their young hearts. Even Ferris is forced to admit that Reiffen has finally succumbed to evil. In her sorrow she turns to Prince Brizen, the son of the very king who stole Reiffen's throne."--BOOK JACKET.General Adult. After being rescued from the three wizards by his friends, Reiffen makes the decision to return to the wizards in order to gain their knowledge, find their weaknesses, defeat them with their own weapons, and regain his rightful throne, but the evil of the scheming wizard brothers could destroy his own power for good, in the sequel to Reiffens Choice. 10,000 first printing.
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