Marim should feel triumphant. She saved a little boy's life and made what might turn out to be the greatest magical discovery of her time: the brinlins that live in the warmlake are like tessili. They can bond with a human and give their partner the ability to wield magics.
What Marim didn't realize was there are two kinds of secret. There's the kind no one has ever known about. And there's the kind that is kept.
It turns out there are those on Cynnes Tarth who preferred their life without magics in their midst. Yet even as the town turns against her, Marim suspects the island holds more forgotten knowledge in its heart. She must decide whether to stay and fight, or flee back to Masidon with her questions unanswered.
The aquatic variant of the bydus volkus family is called: brinlin. Tiny, water dwelling, and sensitive to cold, brinlins are characterized by a smooth, two-toned hide, an open temperament, and frequent vocalizations. A human who bonds a brinlin can attain (with proper study) a total mastery of passive spellwork.
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