|Orbit paperback, 1982. Cover painting by Peter Jones.|
"Once there was magic in the world. But hordes of selfish, short-sighted magicians have used up the mana which moved the world and even the most powerful spells are becoming futile. Soon all the creatures of spirit, the unicorns and centaurs, will have disappeared, and unless Orolandes with half a sword succeeds in his quest for the lost power, those stupid barbarians with their stupid swords will win after all..."