From the introduction:
There are high mountains to the world, and there are waves breaking on the beach. And there is darkness, more horrible that humans should know. Once there was light too - knights, sorcerers of light, benevolent gods. That time has passed. Today, here, now; no gods, at least no ones fit for human worship. No knights, and the only sorcerers are dark as night. The sun shines, but even the colors are dull.