Maerad is a slave, wasting away to a dismal future of long, heavy days and a premature death. At 16 years old she’s all but given up hope until one day she finds a man in the cow shed. A man no one else can see.
Tradition dictates that the eighth son of an eighth son must be a wizard, everyone knows that. And so, the dying Wizard Drum Billet made the pilgrimage to the enigmatically named village of Bad Ass and passed on his staff, just as tradition dictated. Except this time tradition didn’t want to be followed. This time the bearer of the staff was a baby girl.