A graduate of Harvard College, Frederick Kirchhoff has held a number of academic positions and has written books and articles on many literary topics, including British Romanticism and the writings of William Morris. He now lives in Portland, Oregon.
Sexually assaulted, Lim finds himself in the care of Jules, one of the Masters who, with the Army, rule Gort. Jules apprentices him to the goldsmith Falke, who is constructing the chronophage, a device that slows time. When Jules is threatened, they use the chronophage to help him escape, and thus begin adventures culminating in an extravagant theatrical performance that brings disaster to Gort.
100 years have passed since The Game, and the world has changed in remarkable ways. Rel, a young man from the sticks, comes to Tarnak, now the continent’s richest city, where Jon, gives him a mysterious object, and he finds himself playing a crucial role in the final stages of the religious conflct that shaped the earlier novels.
The Game takes place 20 years after The Tritargon. Jon and his partner Dan are living quietly in Kar, as dealers in antiquities, until a mysterious book leads to a series of unforeseen events, culminating in the re-creation of an ancient, multidimensional game that has the potential to obliterate the planet. This game reunites Jon with Zoë, Klei and other figures from his past.
Book Two traces the lives of four major characters, which go separate ways only to converge in the final scenes. Jon finds himself entangled in the military affairs of the Chosen, while Zoë's relationship with the Emperor deepens. Meanwhile, Alf grapples with the problems of building the Emperor's capital-in-exile, and Klei embraces the life of the Rand, an ancient people with remarkable powers.
Expelled from the Valley of Women, the seventeen-year-old Jon finds friendship with the Forester Zoë and love with her brother John. But disaster strikes, and Jon leads Zoë and his companions to Kar, the imperial capital, where they save the Emperor and his library from religious fanatics who menace the city and commence a journey of challenge and discovery.