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The second installment of the Chronicles of the Necromancer. Having escaped being murdered by his evil brother, Jared, Tris must take control of his magical abilities to summon the dead, and gather an army big enough to claim back the throne of his dead father. But it isn't merely Jared that Tris must combat. The dark mage, Foor Arontala, has schemes to raise the Obsidian King...

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Overview

The second installment of the Chronicles of the Necromancer. Having escaped being murdered by his evil brother, Jared, Tris must take control of his magical abilities to summon the dead, and gather an army big enough to claim back the throne of his dead father. But it isn't merely Jared that Tris must combat. The dark mage, Foor Arontala, has schemes to raise the Obsidian King...

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The Chronicles of the Necromancer continues with this powerful sequel to the launch volume of the series, The Summoner. Prince Tris Drayke has escaped assassination, but his evil half brother, Jared, still sits on the throne of his dead father. Tris must gather an army capable of vanquishing this royal pretender, but he must also thwart the dark scheme of demonic mage Foor Arontala. A surefire hit for fans of Robert Jordan, Terry Goodkind, and George R. R. Martin.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844165315
  • Publisher: Rebellion
  • Publication date: 1/29/2008
  • Series: Chronicles of the Necromancer Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 624
  • Sales rank: 165,469
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 4.20 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Gail Z. Martin discovered her passion for SF, fantasy and gost stiroes in elementary schoo. The first story she wrote—at age five—was about a vampire. Her favourite TV show as a preschooler was Dark Shadows. At age 14 she deided to become a writer. She enjoys attending SF / fantasy conventions, Renaissance fairs and living history sites. She is married, and has three children, a Himalayan cat and a golden retriever.

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Prologue

It should have been an evening of feasting and court merriment. But on the night of the Feast of the Departed, nineteen year-old Prince Martris Drayke's life is changed forever when his half-brother, Jared, kills their father and seizes the throne. Aided by his dark mage, Foor Arontala, Jared murders the royal family--all except Martris, who barely escapes with the help of a handful of friends.

Tris is now an outlaw, hunted by Jared's assassins. As danger and grief push Tris to his limits, he discovers that he is the mage heir of his sorcerer grandmother Bava K'aa, a powerful wizard whose spirit magic made her a Summoner, able to intercede among the living, dead, and undead. In a world where ghosts walk freely and where the undead vayash moru walk the night, this wild and powerful magic may be the advantage Tris needs to win back the throne--if he can keep his newfound power from destroying him first.

Tris flees the palace Shekerishet with three good friends: Carroway, a master bard; Ban Soterius, captain of the king's guard; and Tov Harrtuck, a loyal officer. Desperate to find sanctuary in one of the neighboring kingdoms, the four are pursued by bounty hunters hired by Jared to kill Tris. Harrtuck leads them to Jonmarc Vahanian, a mercenary and smuggler who can guide them through the dangerous mountain passes to reach sanctuary in Principality. Taking cover with a traveling caravan, they meet the healer Carina and her brother Cam, who are on their own quest to find a way to heal King Donelan of Isencroft from a mage-sent illness.

When slavers sent by Jared destroy the caravan seeking Tris and his friends, Cam, Soterius and Harrtuck are presumed dead.Only Tris's half-harnessed power is able to save him in the Ruune Videya forest, where malicious ghosts take their long-overdue revenge. Tris and his friends take with them one of the slaver's captives, a young girl named Berry, who helped them escape. Two of the undead vayash moru, Gabriel and Mikhail, join the group along the way.

On the road, Tris meets Kiara, daughter of King Donelan of Isencroft, who has gone on a dangerous coming-of-age Journey to evade a long-ago arranged betrothal to Jared of Margolan. Kiara believes that Arontala is behind the wasting spell that is killing her father. She pledges herself to Tris's cause. Hounded by the king's troops, Tris and his friends find sanctuary at the legendary Library at Westmarch. The Library is a repository of ancient magical lore run by the eccentric Keeper Royster. At Westmarch, Tris's training begins with the Sisterhood, a reclusive group of powerful sorceresses.

Tris learns from the Sisterhood that Arontala has stolen the orb in which Bava K'aa once trapped the soul of the Obsidian King, a dark and powerful Summoner who nearly destroyed the Winter Kingdoms fifty years ago during the cataclysmic Mage Wars. Arontala plans to free the spirit of the Obsidian King on the night of the summer solstice--the Hawthorn Moon--and permit it to possess him, making that ancient evil incarnate and assuring Jared's power over Margolan and the entire realm of the Winter Kingdoms.

In spite of the danger, Tris and Kiara fall in love. When they leave the safety of Westmarch so that Tris can continue his mage training with the Sisterhood, they are ambushed by Margolan assassins. Fighting their way free from one ambush, they are captured by the guards of King Staden of Principality. Expecting to be sent back to Jared in chains, Tris and the others discover that their capture was Staden's way of bringing them safely to his court, where Soterius and Harrtuck have won the king's support. Berry, Staden's daughter Berwyn, urged her father to support Tris's quest. Now, as the last month of the year approaches, Tris finds himself in exile, struggling to master powerful spirit magic that has the potential to destroy him. Tris must find a way to take back the throne from Jared and defeat Arontala in order to free Margolan and keep the dark magic of the Obsidian King from rising again.

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  • Posted December 31, 2009

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    The book is incomplete.

    I write this in hopes someone will notice and fix this.

    The Blood King as well as Dark Haven are both incomplete. I have purchased books 1-3 of this series for my Nook, after completing the first one, I went to read the second only to discover that it is not the full book.

    Needless to say, something needs to be done.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 28, 2009

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    Where's the middle?

    This might be a good e-book if it were complete...it seems to be missing about 3/4 of the book and instead only contains the first 40 pages and the last 60...I'm pretty sure something interesting happens in the middle 200+ pages...just not sure what.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2012

    Great ideas, pathetic editing.

    Pretty much "see above" on this. The world is great, the ideas and the story are great, then it seems like a drunken, english a second language editor got ahold of it and tore it apart. I really hoped things would improve from the first book but they didn't and I ended up throwing the book down in disgust.

    I'm not very picky about proper grammar or spelling mind you, so to illustrate my point I'll provide some of the more glaring examples. A scene is taking place at night around midnight, then it suddenly shifts to dawn coming through the windows a few sentences later, and in the next paragraph it's night again and they're talking about what they will do in the morning. I also noticed entire paragraphs repeating, or conversations that were exactly the same but happening at a different period in the story.

    It's a damn shame because I liked the ideas and it seemed like every time I was really getting into the story, it just made another damn disappointing loop or hiccup. It honestly feels like the writer had multiple ideas for the same conversation or event and instead of smoothing and streamlining the ideas they all got "copy/pasted" in at odd angles.

    If you don't mind doing editing in your own brain and want to take in another new story give it a shot, if you're like me and hope when you buy a book its been edited stay away.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2012

    This is a ripoff

    Imagine my surprise when I finished the paperback of the first book and then jumped online to buy the nook book The Blood King.. Surprise !!! IT is not a complete book. Stupidity like this may be the very reason that Barnes and Noble are near bankruptcy.. The books are well written, but for some reason known only to the brilliant minds of Barnes and Noble I can't buy a whole book for my nook. REALLY BARNES AND NOBLE, is this the best that you can do ?? Please explain the reasoning behind this... Really makes me want to buy more nook books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 8, 2011

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    I Also Recommend:

    Necromancy & Secrets Revealed

    It was just as good if not a bit better than the first book, because book two has a higher amount of danger, powerful and creepy necromancy, and more insight into the Mage War. But, I'm still not satisfied with the fight scenes. For me, they leave too much to the imagination, and don't seem to have an easy flow. Never wanting to be king and living his life without the crown is only a wasted dream for Tris now. As the Hawthorn Moon approaches, Tris continues to grow into one of the most powerful spirit mages of his time, however if his training doesn't kill him, Arontala's sleazy attempts may. More history of the Mage War is revealed as secrets are told to save the Winter Kingdoms from the starving and trapped Obsidian King; the powerful Sisterhood and their important involvement in the Mage War, the mysterious and dangerous group the vayash moru, and the untold history between Bava K'aa, and Lemuel. Jared's hold as a feared tyrant of Margolan is quickly slipping as his soldiers desert his army, and his disturbing and sick nightly actions prove to be too much even for members of the vayash moru. I'm curious to find out what happens in Dark Haven because everything was so neatly wrapped up at the end of this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2010

    Good read

    Thoroughly enjoyed the book, and not a big fan of the genre. One book in a series. read the first two adn lost interest.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2013

    Good read... horribly edited.

    Beautiful story and very engaging. However, this e-book is missing a lot of commas and other pieces of grammar. Towards the end of the book some words were cut in half and parts of sentences were missing. Either the formatting for this file is bad or the editor for it is terrible. Still a great story though.

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  • Posted March 19, 2013

    Don't bother buying this book. I stopped reading it in chapter 4

    Don't bother buying this book. I stopped reading it in chapter 4. Seems like there should be another book between this one and the first one. There is a short prologue that tells you they made it to Westmarch, got what was needed, fell in love etc. Then jumps into the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2013

    Is anyone proofreading this series?

    Although I truly love this series, can anyone explain why no one proof read these books? I have found words missing, several words run together, misspelled,truncated something awful,sentences with no connection to the next sentence. I am not an english major but it's alomst as if the person writing this has no concept of grammer, or structure. I am truly sorry that the author had no one close enough to point out alot of these mistakes. It's almost as if this author was only sixteen years old.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2012

    GREAT BOOK

    All the books seem to have publisher issues but the story is great. Enjoy the story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2012

    Fun Read

    Story still seems to move a bit slow, but I really want to know how everything turns out.

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  • Posted April 7, 2012

    Great

    My new favorite aurthor for sure. I am on the fourth book now.

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  • Posted April 3, 2012

    hmmmm... tempted to leave 2 stars, but will leave 3. The good

    hmmmm... tempted to leave 2 stars, but will leave 3.

    The good: it's a fun yarn with wizards, warriors, and vampires. A slightly different take on magic, and the power over the dead. Some good intrigue and battles. The action parts are good. Enjoyable even. Martin is certainly deft at writing.

    The bad: Okay, so I'm fine with some romance and think it's great to have strong heroines. However, particularly in the second book, Martin spends a LOT of time having the different characters agonize over their emotions and relationships... the men particularly worried about their relationships in ways that were just... well... plain feminine. That compounded with the descriptions of the characters outfits, and beautiful looks made me think like I'd walked into what I imagine must be a Danielle Steele type novel. Which is fine, 'cept that I thought I was reading a sword and sorcery novel!

    So, it's a good series, but Martin seems to be straddling sword & sorcery and romance genres too closely for my taste.

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  • Posted January 21, 2012

    Recommend to those that read volume 1

    Very good book am looking forward to reading volume 3

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  • Posted August 8, 2011

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    Nice book

    Its a nice book

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  • Posted March 15, 2011

    Highly recommended- very well done

    This book leaves no stone unturned in it's effort to give the reader a completely satisfying story to read. This book and book 1 in the Necromancer series are well written set. The story moves along very well and keeps you entertained, without many of the contrived plot 'twists' that are so common today.

    I was very happy to find there are other books in the series still to read.

    I would recommend this book to most any age group over 12 years.

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  • Posted March 8, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    Necromancy & Secrets Revealed

    It was just as good if not a bit better than the first book, because book two has a higher amount of danger, powerful and creepy necromancy, and more insight into the Mage War. But, I'm still not satisfied with the fight scenes. For me, they leave too much to the imagination, and don't seem to have an easy flow. Never wanting to be king and living his life without the crown is only a wasted dream for Tris now. As the Hawthorn Moon approaches, Tris continues to grow into one of the most powerful spirit mages of his time, however if his training doesn't kill him, Arontala's sleazy attempts may. More history of the Mage War is revealed as secrets are told to save the Winter Kingdoms from the starving and trapped Obsidian King; the powerful Sisterhood and their important involvement in the Mage War, the mysterious and dangerous group the vayash moru, and the untold history between Bava K'aa, and Lemuel. Jared's hold as a feared tyrant of Margolan is quickly slipping as his soldiers desert his army, and his disturbing and sick nightly actions prove to be too much even for members of the vayash moru. I'm curious to find out what happens in Dark Haven because everything was so neatly wrapped up at the end of this book.

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  • Posted October 10, 2010

    A Good Read.

    Martin balances humans, ghosts, vampires, & monsters in a web of thrilling adventure and intrigue. Another fun read in the Chronicles of the Necromancer Series.

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  • Posted May 13, 2010

    Fun Read

    Interesting story for the money.

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  • Posted February 13, 2010

    missing

    Really nice series so far, but the fact that it is missing most of the book, major bummer, so please, B&N, take notice of that. It'd be really nice to finish this series.

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