War of the Staffs takes place on a world called Muiria, where a powerful vampire wizard named Taza is brought through the void, space between the planets, by a vengeful goddess named Adois. She lends him her powerful staff so that he can take over the planet and turn it from good to evil. Taza slowly convinces the Illanni, a race of dark elves, to take on the cloak of vampirism.
Nearly two thousand years pass before the scheming wizard makes his move. But his careful planning is jeopardized when Prince Tarquin is born to fulfill a prophecy and confront the evilest creature Muiria has ever known. The prince, however, cannot succeed alone, and when Morganna, an Illanni noblewoman, threatens Taza’s plans by starting an underground movement against him, she strikes her severest blow when she saves Tarquin’s life as he is struck down at the end of the book.
He is also championed by the wizard Celedant, and the young man is sent to the dwarvan army to learn combat skills. Tarquin joins an elite group of soldiers known as the Borderers to better prepare him for the coming quest. Then the wizard begins his search for the Staff of Adaman – the only object capable of defeating the Staff of Adois. [Read more…] about Featured Book: War of the Staffs by Steve Stephenson