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The Emerald Cavern, the second book in Mitchell Graham's epic Fifth Ring trilogy, continues the adventures of Mathew Lewin, a self-conscious farm boy who saved thousands of innocents from an evil warlord with the help of an ancient rose-gold ring.
In the sequel to The Fifth Ring, Mathew is quickly becoming a folk hero, and word of his legendary exploits is spreading across the land. Heroes, however, are not above the law; and Mathew must still return to Elgaria to be tried for killing the man who murdered his father. Constable Jeram Quinn tracks Mathew to the kingdom of Sennia, where he is recuperating in the home of Gawl, the enigmatic giant king. But while Jeram wants Mathew to return with him immediately to stand trial, Gawl stalls for time, hoping for a pardon for his friend.
Trouble, however, seems to follow Mathew and his ring. While he is walking in a garden on Gawl's sprawling estate, giant marble statues come to life and try to kill him. When two priests are found brutally murdered in a nearby abbey, Mathew must connect the clues to this deadly mystery before more innocents are killed. What he finds is terrifying in its scope: Someone else has a rose-gold ring, an unbelievably powerful device created by the Ancients that can turn thought into reality. In the wrong hands, it can endanger the entire world.
Comparable to Elizabeth Haydon's Symphony of Ages saga (Rhapsody: Child of Blood, Prophecy: Child of Earth, et al.) and David Farland's Runelords novels, Mitchell Graham's epic Fifth Ring trilogy is one of the best -- and most unique -- sagas to come along in years. Paul Goat Allen