The Duel by Alistair Corvus
Lady Alisson Heartstone has dedicated her life to furthuring her mastery of the arcane arts, with little time for family or romance. As court wizard to Lord Protector Aldmere, she enjoys status and power, but little in the way of true happiness. When an invading army pushes Aldmere’s forces to the breaking point, they are offered an out, a gamble of the entire war on the outcome of a wizard’s duel. But when a face from her past resurfaces in the form of the roguish wizard Therias Prenthal, can she follow through with her duty in the face of her regrets? Or will the bold Magus Prenthal conquer her without a single spell?