|Original cover art by Jim Burns
From the flap copy:
Faced with global devastation, the last
remnants of Earth's culture sent a handful of colonists to a distant
terraformed world ot give humanity one last, desperate chance.
Unable to provide the technology required for
an advanced civilization, the founders instilled in the colonists a
strict code of conduct and gave them a few precious imprinting devices;
glass helmets that conatin all of Earth's scientific knowledge.
The colonists barely survied their landing on
the world they called Agatsu. Much of their precious technology from
Earth was lost in the struggle to endure. But one imprinting device
Once in a generation, the heir to the province
of Laal begins the arduous training required to survice the imprinting
of the Glass Helm and acquire the knowledge of lost Earth. But Leland
de Laal, the youngest son of one of Agatsu's greatest leaders, has
climbed the forbidden rock spire where the Helm is kept and donned it,
unaware that its knowledge has a terrible price. To an unprepared mind
it brings madness, agony, and even death.
Leland's father must make a bitter choice to
safeguard that pricelss legacy--and preserve his son's life. Leland
must be Forged, his body and his mind conditioned quickly so that he
can survive the effects of the imprinting.
Overnight, Leland is shunned, attacked by his
own brothers, treated as a shameful outcast, and at last banished to
the distant outpust of Red Rock, to receive military training from a
legendary master of martial arts. And there, Leland begins to unlock
the dormant knowledge within him and prepare for a crucial role in
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