The Curse of the Mistwraith (Ships of Merior Series #1)

The Curse of the Mistwraith (Ships of Merior Series #1)

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by Janny Wurts
     
 

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The stunning first volume in Janny Wurts’s epic tale of two half-brothers cursed to life-long enmity, now re-released with a striking new cover.The world of Athera lives in eternal fog, its skies obscured by the malevolent Mistwraith. Only the combined powers of two half-brothers can challenge the Mistwraith’s stranglehold: Arithon, Master of Shadow

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The stunning first volume in Janny Wurts’s epic tale of two half-brothers cursed to life-long enmity, now re-released with a striking new cover.The world of Athera lives in eternal fog, its skies obscured by the malevolent Mistwraith. Only the combined powers of two half-brothers can challenge the Mistwraith’s stranglehold: Arithon, Master of Shadow and Lysaer, Lord of Light.Arithon and Lysaer will find that they are inescapably bound inside a pattern of events dictated by their own deepest convictions. Yet there is more at stake than one battle with the Mistwraith – as the sorcerers of the Fellowship of Seven know well. For between them the half-brothers hold the balance of the world, its harmony and its future, in their hands.

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From the Publisher
‘Astonishingly original and compelling’ Raymond E. Feist‘It ought to be illegal for one person to have so much talent’ Stephen Donaldson
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Two magic-wielding half-brothers are forced to battle one another in this entertaining first volume in a series called The Wars of Light and Shadow. (Dec.)
Library Journal
Two brothers, heirs to lands and locked in a blood feud, are drawn across a dimensional portal into a world where they are hailed as the promised saviors. As Arithon, the Master of Shadows, and his half-brother Lysaer, the Lord of Light, prepare to do battle against the Mistwraith, who has for centuries cloaked the world of Athera in darkness, they face an additional battle born of their mutual distrust of each other. Although fantasy author Wurts breaks no new ground in this series opener, her elaborate and vivid world-building and complex protagonists recommend this title to fans of epic fantasy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780586210697
Publisher:
HarperCollins UK
Publication date:
05/01/2009
Series:
Wars of Light and Shadow Series, #1
Edition description:
(Reissue)
Pages:
848
Sales rank:
608,654
Product dimensions:
4.40(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.60(d)

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‘Astonishingly original and compelling’ Raymond E. Feist‘It ought to be illegal for one person to have so much talent’ Stephen Donaldson

Meet the Author

Janny Wurts is the author of the Cycle of Fire series, co-author of the worldwide bestselling Empire series with Raymond E. Feist, and is currently working on the Wars of Light and Shadow series. She often paints her own covers and is also an expert horsewoman, sailor, musician and archer.

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The Curse of the Mistwraith (Ships of Merior Series #1) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
JonMoss More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book and this series for the devoted lovers and perspicacious readers of complex multifaceted myriad-layered epic fantasy brimming with inimitable characterizations and sublime universe craftsmanship.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first book in a sweeping epic, it sets up a complex set of worlds & yet also has a ton of action. If you're looking for something that rivals the Lord of the Rings, I think this is it. If you're looking for a quick easy read, something you can skim through - don't read this book. You'll only get confused. Every word is hand picked & polished to wring out the full meaning. While the book is a setup to a series, it doesn't end on a cliff hanger, something I appreciate. Actually, it could easily be two books & was in at least one edition (German, I think). The action rises to a peak in about the middle & that would make a fine novel, all on its own. Then, very logically & smoothly, the adventure continues until another shattering climax at the end. The players are all still there & it's obvious life goes on, so I'm ready to read the next in the series. (The complete series this time - they're all coming now!!!) This is a book I'll keep & re-read, something I don't do lightly any more. There are too many good books out there to re-read any but the best.
ebw More than 1 year ago
I have read every book in this series, and have patiently waited for the story to continue. I enjoy the broad scope of the books, and the characters. They are very well developed. Hopefully we will find a new book soon. This is so much better then the Wheel of Time series.
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Okay, read the below post for the key and other notices. The Titles are missing but I will get them posted asap. Thank you!<p>1. Map (A)<br>2. Applications (C)<br>3. Axiom of Hell (B)<br>4. Ranks and Rules (B)<br>5. Territory (A)<br>6. Weather Report (B)<br>7. Messages (C)<br>8. Exo Camp (C)<p>There are very acute differences so keep that in mind as well! Hope to see you soon!<br>~L&beta
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first book of Ms. Wurts I read and was immediately hooked. The story itself is epic and convoluted, must woven masterfully. By the end of the series no end will be left unconnected, everything will fall into place, and you will wonder how she kept it all straight, she's that good. Of course, it's not over yet, but she hasn't disappointed me yet. The characters in this series are so developed they feel real, and they act in surprising ways, but all within in character. One of Janny's talents is to write a story that has familiar themes and make it completely new and always surprising, and for someone who has read a lot of fantasy, that's saying something. I will say her writing can be complicated, the style flowery. Personally I don't mind it. I even like it. It certainly makes for an interesting read the second and third times through because I find things I missed the first time and make connections on after reading the books that follow. This one is in my collection of all time favorites.
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PhoenixFalls More than 1 year ago
If I had read just the last 50 pages of this novel I would have been quite impressed. They are wonderfully moving, reminiscent (in a good way) of the section in The Return of the King before the hobbits head back to the Shire. Unfortunately, those last 50 pages are not earned by the 540 pages before. The first 540 pages were really quite bad -- not because Wurts is a poor writer, but because she is a poor storyteller. The sentence-by-sentence writing is actually quite good -- there was some beautiful imagery sprinkled throughout the novel. But while each sentence was crafted well, somehow the story never gelled. I didn't believe the characters. I didn't believe the world. I *really* didn't believe the politics. And in every single scene I wanted to be in some other scene -- she always seemed to be moving away from the action instead of towards it. There were more little quirks of her storytelling that annoyed me than I can count -- she summed up important scenes rather than showing them; she used peoples' titles for no reason I could come up with but the fact that she had already used their name in the same paragraph; she was far more in love with her characters than I was; etc. And the biggest failing -- though many published (best-selling even!) writers fail at this one, so maybe it doesn't bother others as much as it does me -- all of the conflict in the novel rested on characters refusing to tell each other anything. If the mages and the two leads had simply sat down together on page 100 and pooled their information, all the conflict would have been brought to a head where it could be dealt with summarily. Of course, then there would be no epic door-stopper fantasy novel.
sleo More than 1 year ago
This may have been one of the best books I've read. It certainly has one of the most complex, intrigueing, and intense, brilliant, and enchanting main characters I've come across in a long, long time. I am so glad there are more books because I'm not ready to let go of Arithon. It took some time for me to get oriented in the complex world that Janny has created. But once I did, it was hang on because the action is exciting and potentially deadly, the evil is truly scary, and the two half brothers are fascinating. Essentially the book is about what the title says - wars of light and shadow. One brother commands light, the other shadow. In a sense, it's the old war of good and evil, or of consciousness and unconsciousness; but the complexity and ambiguity of good/bad, light/dark are not so easy to discern. The one character that I fell in love with is Arithon in all his intensity, his deep understanding of the consequences of action/non-action, love/hate, good are so painful at times that it brought tears to my eyes. And even though events take place in a fantasy world, the conflicts, tensions, and emotions are very real and pertinent to today.
Denaaron More than 1 year ago
The compelling story line coupled with a unique style of writing make for a very interesting book. It is difficult to get into in the beginning. But, it is well worth keeping to.
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Map<p> Hello and welcome to the Information Center of Pandemonium! Here you will find the location of everything found within the results and where it would be acceptable to post or not. Please be mature and respect that so I don't have to stress myself out trying to continuously retype everything. Thank you!</p> <p> Key:<br />(A) no posting<br />(B) Praetors only<br />(C) free for everyone</p> <p> Map:<br />Result One: Map (A)<br />Result Two: Axiom of Hell (A)<br />Result Three: Applications (C)<br /> Result Four: Titles of Pandemonium (A)<br />Result Five: Territory (A)<br />Result Six: Weather Report (B)<br /> Result Seven: Ranks and Rules (A)<br />Result Eight: Exo Camp (C)<br />Result Nine:Messages (C)</p> <p> Thank you and hope to meet you soon. I will try to keep this up to date as things move around.</p> <p> ~LB</p>