Ghostfire (OutCast #3)
The battle for control over the Order of Alhazred mounts as Cassandra, Grandmaster Nicodemus's only heir, challenges Leander's right to be the next grandmaster. The clash takes a shocking twist when Timothy discovers that the ancient evil sorcerer Alhazred is still alive--and has gathered nearly enough dark power to take back control of his order.
Timothy, Leander, and Cassandra become reluctant allies in the fight to stop Alhazred from regaining power. But when a magical brownout dims all the sorcerous power in Arcanum, both in people and in lights, a new world of trouble is revealed.
So begins Ghostfire, the third in the OutCast fantasy quartet by Christopher Golden and Thomas E. Sniegoski. In a world where everyone else can wield magic and weave spells, young Timothy has never had any magical powers. Instead, he's cultivated his skills in ways that are hands-on -- building robots, testing out his own inventions, creating blueprints, and more.
The bad guys are back with a vengeance in this installment. Arcanum is not only propelled by magic, but by power and politics as well. When a brownout weakens everyone else's magic, Timothy must figure out who is truly on his side - and who will be the thorn in his side instead.
There are twists and turns aplenty here. Fantasy enthusiasts will enjoy the mystery of just what or who is keeping the Ghostfire lit. If you and your family enjoyed the first two novels in the OutCast series, you will not be disappointed by this story.