"Causing you pain during training isn't one of my goals, but it is an unexpected reward."
This is a box-set of the four short stories that make up The Tales of Garlan. They will take you through the exciting journey of Garlan, from apprentice wizard to master wizard. They are an excellent introduction to Garlan and help prepare any adventurer to take on the Chronicles of Wyndweir. The Wizard's Staff
The young Garlan met the old wizard, Sigarick, when he was just an eight-year-old lad and Sigarick invited him to come to Whitestone Castle and learn the ways of being a wizard. When Garlan walked through the doors of the castle, he knew he had found his first real home.
Now, fifteen years later, it is time for him to venture to The Gathering with Sigarick, this time as a participant in the Wizard's Duel. The prize for winning the duel will be his first and only wizard's staff, that will accompany him on his journey through life.
Everyone has told Garlan he is destined to be one of the greatest wizards of all time. Should be a piece of cake.
Until he ventures into The Pit to face off against his opponent and realizes that there are some things that he and his teacher never considered. When Sigarick first catches sight of the opponent, he knows that his young apprentice is in for the fight of his life.
The Wizard's Journey
Following his wizard's duel, Garlan finds he must now leave Whitestone Castle on a quest to find his place in the world. This adventure will take him to the Land of the Dragons.
He thought he would make his first destination the Castle Greyton to see Marnell, the woman of his dreams, but he will have to put that idea on hold. He is told to journey to Cliffrock Castle instead, to see the wizard, Claudious the Younger.
As he travels to the south, he comes upon the village of Tottenham and he finds there are dark-hearted people in this world and he will begin to find his place in the world.
The Wizard's Quest
Garlan leaves Cliffrock Castle and must journey over a mountain pass into the Land of the Dragons. Doing so will not be easy as there is a continual storm raging over the pass. It could prove to be quite deadly.
He finds help and safety from one of the most unlikely of creatures and also finds that his own powers are much stronger than he had imagined.
After reaching the safety of the valley in the Land of the Dragons, he sets himself up in a cabin that has been home to many wizards over the past four thousand years, as each one of them embarked on the last step in their training to become a master wizard.
On a plank of wood near the door of the cabin, is the name of each wizard that came before him, including his old master, all the teachers he's learned from and all the great wizards that he's heard about in the history of the wizards. The last name on the list, above where he will carve his name, is the one that surprises him.
The one thing Garlan must learn while waiting for Mirroth the White to show up and begin this part of training is patience. It seems that Mirroth is in no hurry to arrive and Garlan can't really go looking for him. So, he has to wait.
The Wizard's Trial
Wizards and dragons and bears, oh my.
Garlan is at his wit's end. Cliffrock Castle has been abandoned. Claudious the Younger has shown up in Kraeling and left in a hurry with Marnell. There appears to be trouble brewing outside the Land of the Dragons, but Garlan is stuck because the last phase of his training hasn't even begun.
He can't leave and find his friends because it would be looked upon as quitting before his training is complete. He knows Marnell wouldn't approve of him leaving the Land of the Dragons without facing his trial. If for no other reason, he stays put. But, that doesn't mean he has to be happy about it.
Another thing stuck in the back of his mind is that knowledge that apprentice wizards have been killed during this phase of their training and he is afraid he could be the next.