Darkling Fields of Arvon (Legacy of the Stone Harp Series #2)

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The second entry in the Legend of the Stone Harp saga, a high fantasy epic with echoes of such classic series as Patricia McKillip’s Riddlemaster tales and Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time chronicle. A young bard must regain the lost World Harp before an evil lord brings on a new age of darkness.

The second entry in the Legend of the Stone Harp saga, a high fantasy epic with echoes of such classic series as Patricia McKillip’s Riddlemaster tales ...

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Overview

The second entry in the Legend of the Stone Harp saga, a high fantasy epic with echoes of such classic series as Patricia McKillip’s Riddlemaster tales and Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time chronicle. A young bard must regain the lost World Harp before an evil lord brings on a new age of darkness.

The second entry in the Legend of the Stone Harp saga, a high fantasy epic with echoes of such classic series as Patricia McKillip’s Riddlemaster tales and Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time chronicle.

Talamadh. The World Harp. Possess it and yours is the power of Heaven and Earth. The player may strum harmony into existence–as did the Bards of the Stoneholding for generations. But now the World Harp belongs to an evil lord bent on world domination and destruction. A broken world’s only hope is a young bard on the run across a war-torn landscape in a desperate quest to find a princely warrior before Talamadh sings out the final chord that plunges his world into eternal darkness.

About the Stoneholding series:
“[A] world of fantasy that is both as familiar as a folktale, yet still refreshingly new at every turn.”—Best-selling Map of Bones author James Rollins.

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Publishers Weekly
The second installment of Anderson and Sebanc's Legacy of the Stone Harp saga (after 2009's The Stoneholding) continues the formulaice but entertaining story of young bard Kalaquinn Wright. With a tyrannical usurper sitting on the throne and a darkness spreading across the land, the idyllic Harmonic Age seems to be coming to a close—unless Kal and a small band of misfits can locate the missing heir to Ardiel's ancient throne and rekindle “the Sacred Fire” by finding the Talamadh, a magical harp whose power binds the realm of Arvon together in peace and harmony. The story doesn't offer anything unique, but the authors' stylish and poetic narrative, coupled with a cast of endearing—albeit two-dimensional—characters make this a real page-turner that epic fantasy fans will enjoy. (June)
Library Journal
After Ferabek and his armies destroyed the Stoneholding, young Kal Wright receives his Investiture as High Bard and sets out on a journey to find and restore to his throne the missing Prince Starigan. Captured by his enemies, Kal realizes that to achieve his goal he must escape and lay claim to the Talamadh, a legendary golden harp that can restore Harmony to the world. The second volume in this trilogy (after The Stoneholding) follows in the epic fantasy tradition of Terry Brooks's "Shannara" series and David Eddings's "The Belgariad" titles. VERDICT This standard fantasy enjoys colorful world building and likable characters and should appeal to both YA and adult fans of epic fantasy.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439133538
  • Publisher: Baen
  • Publication date: 5/11/2010
  • Series: Legacy of the Stone Harp Series , #2
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 803,488
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

James G. Anderson is a teacher, catechist, musician, and poet, and holds a BA and MA in theology. He lives with his wife and three sons on the Canadian prairies outside Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Mark Sebanc has worked as an editor and translator. He holds B.A. and M.S. degrees in classics from the University of Toronto. He does his writing on a peaceful backwoods farm on the edge of the Canadian Shield in the Upper Ottawa valley of Ontario.

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  • Posted December 18, 2010

    Great Reading on Many Leves

    Darkling Fields of Arvon re-awakened my fond boyhood memories of Edgar Rice Burroughs' rich use of the English language, and surpassed them with something I found to be even better. Like restorative artists, Anderson and Sebanc resurrect the beauty of our language, animating the contemporary using expressions resonant with Old English and classical Latin. Their descriptive diction and clever turns of phrase are a playful delight and a joy to read. Darkling Fields also has plenty of action that unfolds in a series of adventures from beginning to end. It invites the reader to discover his or her own noble character by journeying with its protagonist and company through physical, spiritual, moral challenges and their accompanying choices. All in all, a wonderful adventure whose rich prose celebrates the English language with intelligence, etymological depth and poetic precision. To the authors -- Goood Shew! Looking forward to the next one.

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  • Posted April 26, 2010

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    an entertaining quest fantasy that sub-genre fans will fully enjoy

    The world of Ahn Norvys is turning increasingly dark as a tyrant runs the nation with an evil iron hand. The serenity and prosperity of the Harmonic Age of King Ardiel is practically over.

    The only hope of dethroning the usurper and returning to the affluence of the Harmonic Age rests with the recently deigned High Bard Kalaquinn Wright and his rebellious band of miscreants. However, though he keeps the faith in what hew must do, Kal has doubts as he feels he is too young for the mantle of savior and his team too odd to succeed against the growing malevolence sweeping across the land. Still they know what must be done and set out to do so in spite of their lack of confidence. They seek the missing rightful heir to the ancient throne the missing Prince of Starigan and relight the Sacred Fire. To achieve this they must first find the Talamadh magical harp that maintains the peace across Arvon.

    The second entry in the Legacy of the Stone Harp (see The Stoneholding) is an entertaining quest fantasy that sub-genre fans will fully enjoy. The story line offers nothing new and the champions are never fully developed beyond their fear of failure. Yet Kal and company are likable with their youthful energy at times leading to mistakes but also surmounting their deficiency in experience and belief in themselves. Darkling Fields of Arvon will hook the reader throughout as it is a fun tale in which the audience will join Kal and his team on the save the world mission.

    Harriet Klausner

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