After days spent working
in his father's fields, a young man, Amron, celebrates
the end of harvest drinking with his friends.
Intoxicated, he wanders away, into the darkness. Next
morning, he wakes to find his world changed forever.
People he thought his friends have burned the village
and murdered its occupants. His mother is dead, his
father tortured and left gravely wounded. Only now does
the wayward son learn of his true position. Standing in
the way of his destiny are the vast armies of the despot
Betlic. This usurper, who overthrew the last King of
Xicalima, has in his possession the two most powerful
objects in the known world, the Talisman of Grebarta and
the Mantle of Agetha. Confident in his powers, Betlic
believes nothing can prevent him from ruling the world.
On expanding his empire, Beltic discovers that the
ancient magic, which created his talismans of power,
forged two other objects. If brought together, these
magical items have the potential to crush his hopes.
Hunted by both Betlic and Amron, each with his own
agenda, can Marazin and Karilyn, the heirs to these
objects, survive long enough to bring together their
talents to combine the Scraufin and The Mastig? In doing
so, will they be in time to thwart both the evil of
Betlic and the desires of the inexperienced rebel
R. Hill's The Mastig is a journey well worth taking. The
characters are well rounded; the scenery is
breath-taking and the reader is quickly absorbed into
the story - Patricia Perry- Author