Beneath the Vaulted Hills(1997)
(The first book in the River into Darkness series)
A novel by Sean Russell
The last of the world's great mages, Lord Eldrich has dedicated his life to eradicating all remaining vestiges of magic in the world. But the fanatical Tellerites, followers of a long-dead mage-apprentice, oppose Eldrich, desiring the hidden knowledge of the magical arts and with it the coveted key to immortality. Drawn into this conflict against his will is Erasmus Flattery, who as a boy dwelt with Eldrich. Now Erasmus must lead an expedition into the very bowels of the earth to search for a secret that has remained hidden since the time of the first mages!
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Used availability for Sean Russell's Beneath the Vaulted Hills
August 1997 : USA Hardback
August 1998 : USA Mass Market Paperback