Emerald Cavern (Fifth Ring Trilogy #2)

Emerald Cavern (Fifth Ring Trilogy #2)

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by Mitchell Graham

A force for good. . . or evil?

Destiny and tragedy placed an awesome power in the hands of young Mathew Lewin. But is he its master — or its pawn?

Needing shelter from his enemies, Mathew Lewin has come to a kingdom neighboring the one he saved by harnessing the might of the ring. The haven he has chosen, however, is anything but


A force for good. . . or evil?

Destiny and tragedy placed an awesome power in the hands of young Mathew Lewin. But is he its master — or its pawn?

Needing shelter from his enemies, Mathew Lewin has come to a kingdom neighboring the one he saved by harnessing the might of the ring. The haven he has chosen, however, is anything but safe. Treachery and mysterious murder plague this land and its giant king, threatening a devastating civil war and giving rise to dangerous suspicions aimed at the boy who seeks sanctuary. But Mat fears the destructive resources at his fingertips — he must learn their secrets or be destroyed by them — and his quest has led him here. Now, to find the answers he covets, he must confront another who wields the power . . . and venture into an enchanted place of darkness where the truest and most terrible of evils dwells.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In the sequel to The Fifth Ring, Graham abandons that novel's direct-to-action approach in favor of a more densely political, character-driven tale that is, sadly, not as entertaining. Mathew Lewin, hero of the first novel, still holds an enchanted ring that gives him enormous powers. Only two such rings are thought to exist, but strange disturbances lead Mathew and his friends to suspect that at least one other ring exists and is in the hand of an enemy. The action accelerates about halfway through, but the preceding 200 pages are tiresome at best, a dreary litany of rambling dialogue and redundant narrative. Graham portrays a sprawling, realistic milieu with its own flavors and conventions, but the amount of extraneous detail and the sheer number of characters is numbing. In addition, the geopolitical structure of his world gives readers little insight into the power plays and battles that unfold as the story draws to a close. An intriguing plot and some likable characters are present, but unfortunately, they rarely rise to the surface. (Jan.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
Fifth Ring Trilogy , #2
Product dimensions:
4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.96(d)

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Meet the Author

Mitchell Graham was born in New York City and is an attorney in the State of Florida. A former member of the U.S. National Fencing Squad, he represented the U.S. in a number of competitions around the world and won more than thirty-five individual titles in the sport, placing in the top five more than one hundred times over the course of his career. In addition, he holds a doctorate in neuropsychology from the University of Miami. Mr. Graham lives in Miami with his fiancée and is currently at work on his second fantasy novel.

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Emerald Cavern (Fifth Ring Trilogy #2) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this was an excellent book that is easily on a par with David Eddings or Orson Scott Card. It's a nicely written tale that picks up where The Fifth Ring left off. Is it a candidate for the Nobel Prize? No. Is it something you'll be glad you read? Definitely, Yes! The author gets two thumbs up...way up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Truly worthy to be a sequel to The Fifth Ring. Highly Reccommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been a fantasy fan for twenty years. I read The Fifth Ring and really enjoyed it. The Emerald Cavern was equally enjoyable. I don't mean that I compared the two side by side on a sliding scale, because you can't do that with books, but you'll see what I mean when you read them. You just love to live in Graham's world. Mitchell Graham's characters have a distinctly human feel that make you want to keep rooting for them. This was a solid, fun book to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a really enjoyable book to read. After I finished it, I went back and read The Fifth Ring. That was equally as great. This book may not be on a par with George R. R. Martin, but it's definitely not far behind and may even be better in some respects. I'm adding Mitchell Graham to my favorite author lists. I love the way he writes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mitchell Graham has a way of weaving a story that just keeps you coming back and back. This is his second book in The Fifth Ring series. It was a great follow-up. I thoroughly enjoyed it and am anxiously awating the concluding novel. All of the characters were easy to relate to and just plain fun. You could read this as a stand-alone novel, but I reccommend getting The Fifth Ring first. Easily one of my top ten favorites now.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It's follows THE FIFTH RING, and while it would help if you had read the first one, I'd have to say that doing so is not strictly necessary. The author puts enough information in so that someone picking up the series in the middle would definitely know what's going on. I thought the characters were wonderful and enjoyed getting to know more about Mathew, Lara, Father Thomas and Gawl. I also thought Teanna d'Elso was quite interesting. When it comes to action, Graham is simply the best. Although, there wasn't as much humor in this book, I was glad to see that Mathew can do quite a bit more with or without his ring. The only bad part is that now I'll have to wait for the series to end. If you're looking for a fun, enjoyable story, brother this is it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As the manager of the Science Fiction section of a major retailer I have been waiting for this book to come out. Graham's 'Fifth Ring' was one of the more popular books, released earlier this year so there has been a lot of interest in the sequel. Frankly, after reading the Publishers Weekly comment, I was nervous. I am pleased to say that after completing THE EMERALD CAVERN, I enjoyed it tremendously. Quite frankly, whoever did the review must have been reading another book. Two other people who work here also reached the same conclusion. CAVERN is a faster paced book than THE FIFTH RING and the characters are all developed a good deal more. The action begins by the second chapter and is maintained throughout the story. Personally, I love Graham's style of writing. It's simple, to the point, and is just fun to read. People who liked the first book will definitely love the second one. There's a lot more about Gawl who is turning out to be a great character. The bits of humor are still there and the action is as good as ever. Whenever the PW guy gets out of the mental ward, he might want to take a look at this excellent story again. Mitchell Graham has another winner on his hands and a fine follow up to the most unique fantasy story in twenty years.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got a chance to see the author's uncorrected proof copy at a convention recently and only planned on looking over the first few pages. Two hours later I was still reading. I really enjoyed the greater depth Graham gives to his characters, both heroes and villians in this story. The action scenes are still great and the touches of humor that I enjoyed so much in THE FIFTH RING are also there. When THE EMERALD CAVERN begins Mathew is a little older and wiser, as is Lara. The reader will certainly find there is also a lot more to the giant Gawl than was seen before. I continue to be impressed with how much author Graham can convery in a simple sentence of dialogue without beating you over the head with a character's internal thoughts. Coupled with the familiar fantasy elements of THE FIFTH RING is another twist Graham has thrown in...Mathew becomes involved in a murder mystery that he attempts to solve. It all leads to a host of other complications for the hero and tends to make THE EMERALD CAVERN A BOOK by itself rather than a simple continuation of the last story. This was a fun, enjoyable story to read and I have no trouble giving it a top reccomendation. Bill
Anonymous More than 1 year ago