Young wizard begins his apprenticeship while danger looms At the end of the first volume of the trilogy about Gom of Windy Mountain, Gore was reunited with his mother, Harga the Brown. This second volume begins with Gore discovering the true nature of his antagonist, Katak, and the star-spanning evil he serves. Gore's time with Harga is rudely interrupted when she answers a call to serve in the larger conflict, telling Gore he must get his training from another Wizard so that he can stand by her side. Gore and his stallion companion, Stormfleet (transformed, as disguise, into a sway-backed plug), elude their enemies; Gore finds a tutor. Despite an almost dizzying array of plots, subplots, and characters, the main actors are sympathetic and in sharp locus: selfless Stormfleet, stalwart Gore, Carrick the tinker. And though some of the twists and turns seem poorly motivated, and there are niggling distractions (e.g., Gore is to become a necromancer, by fantasy convention usually a trafficker in evil), by and large readers will be swept up in the story and look forward to its conclusion.