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The Wizard Hunters (original 2003; edition 2004)
by Martha Wells
The Wizard Hunters by Martha Wells (2003)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 038080798X, Mass Market Paperback)Ile-Rien is in peril. A mysterious army known only as the Gardier has surrounded the country, attacking in ominous black airships. Hope is not lost though, for a magical sphere created by Ile-Rien's greatest sorcerer may hold the key to defeating the faceless enemy. But the sphere is unpredictable and has already claimed several lives. When a magical spell goes disastrously awry, young Tremaine Valiarde and a brave band are transported to another world. A world of rough magics, evil mages, honorable warriors -- and a secret Gardier base.
(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:48:28 -0400)
With the country of Ile-Rien under attack, a mystical sphere created by Ile-Rien's greatest sorcerer accidentally sends Tremaine Vallarde and others to another world filled with chaos, where Tremaine must unearth the secrets of the sphere.
(summary from another edition)