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An innocent excited boy, a prince and heir, takes his first journey to the city.  The streets teem with merchants in velvet robes, magicians, half-mad preachers, with life and color, poverty and noise. He doesn’t want to miss any of it.

But this marks the last journey in his life as a prince. Soon he will be abandoned and declared dead. Soon he will be utterly alone, faced only with survival and what will become the driving force of his life: the quest to recover his stolen inheritance, his usurped throne, his home.

A story of cities and palaces, of power-hungry lords and ladies scheming inside a magically threatened land. Intricate and compelling, The White Mists of Power is the debut novel of an author who has gone on to have a seismic impact on the science fiction and fantasy field.



 “A traditional high fantasy novel…Rusch has added elements that make it original and unique.  The story is strong, the magic subtle and mysterious.”



“A prince reclaiming his lost kingdom is…a compelling story.  Rusch provides some unusual twists.  Every bit as good as her fine short fiction.”

—Science Fiction Chronicle


“A thrilling read.” 



“Moves at a whirlwind pace through political intrigue…A remarkable amount of plot as well as beguiling characters.”

—Publisher’s Weekly


USA Today bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch writes in almost every genre. Generally, she uses her real name (Rusch) for most of her writing. Under that name, she publishes bestselling science fiction and fantasy, award-winning mysteries, acclaimed mainstream fiction, controversial nonfiction, and the occasional romance. Her novels have made bestseller lists around the world and her short fiction has appeared in eighteen best of the year collections. She has won more than twenty-five awards for her fiction, including the Hugo, Le Prix Imaginales, the Asimov’s Readers Choice award, and the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Readers Choice Award. 
To keep up with everything she does, go to To track her many pen names and series, see their individual websites (,,,,, She lives and occasionally sleeps in Oregon.


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