By Diana Wynne Jones
For aeons the mages of Arth, a neighbouring universe, were looting Earth of principles, strategies and applied sciences, all of the whereas manipulating occasions and growing devastating catastrophes for his or her personal edification. Now this brazen piracy is threatening Earth with overall extinction. it truly is as much as the hoop, a mystery society of witches and warlocks devoted to the continuance and overall healthiness of mankind, to struggle the virtuous, unbendingly conventional stronghold of Arth with an arsenal of mental sabotage, inner dissension -- and kamikaze intercourse ...
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