Shaman's Crossing (Soldier Son Trilogy #1) (Mass Market Paperbound)
Nevare Burvelle was destined from birth to be a soldier. The second son of a newly anointed nobleman, he must endure the rigors of military training at the elite King's Cavella Academy—and survive the hatred, cruelty, and derision of his aristocratic classmates—before joining the King of Gernia's brutal campaign of territorial expansion. The life chosen for him will be fraught with hardship, for he must ultimately face a forest-dwelling folk who will not submit easily to a king's tyranny. And they possess an ancient magic their would-be conquerors have long discounted—a powerful sorcery that threatens to claim Nevare Burvelle's soul and devastate his world once the Dark Evening brings the carnival to Old Thares.
“Displaying Hobb’s gift for creating unusual and compelling worlds, [SHAMAN’S CROSSING] maintains her high standard of storytelling.”
“Hobb works with a rich palette of fantasy ideas.”
-Time Out London
“In a word: fascinating.”
-Melbourne Herald Sun