I’m a big fan of Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita and Merry series; which could be the reason I had such a hard time getting into this book. Death of a Darklord by Hamilton is nothing like Anita or Merry. So if you start to read this book thinking like that, you won’t enjoy it.
Once I got over that it was nothing compared to Anita or Merry, I started to really get into it. The book centers around a group of people who are mage-finders. The theory is that all magic is evil and should be destroyed, at least, according to the leader of the group. However, their world gets turned upside down when it becomes apparent that one of them is an untrained mage. Elaine wasn’t trying to be a mage, but her natural talent was no longer pleased with being dormat. Between dealing with this newfound twist and the evil lurking in a city that beckons them, the group learns that everything they thought they knew is nothing like reality.
I can’t find an excerpt, otherwise it would be here, but if you like DnD/Dragonlance/Ravenloft novels, than you should enjoy this one as well.