Emerald Cavern (Fifth Ring Trilogy #2)

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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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

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060506759
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/30/2003
  • Series: Fifth Ring Trilogy , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.96 (d)

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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Interviews & Essays

An Interview with Mitchell Graham

Paul Goat Allen: Mitchell, first off, congratulations on another fantastic novel. Since the release of The Fifth Ring in February 2003 -- to absolutely rave reviews -- how has your life changed? How are you dealing with suddenly being a nationally known literary figure?

Mitchell Graham: Thanks, Paul. Life hasn't changed that much. There's certainly a lot more recognition at conventions and more autographs to sign, but that's the fun part. I've found the fans are really great. I've also been receiving email and letters from all over the world from some very interesting people who've read the book. As far as being a nationally known literary figure is concerned, there's not much danger of it going to one's head, particularly when you come home and a family member tells you, "Dummy, you forgot to take the garbage out."

PGA: I've heard from several authors that writing the middle book of a trilogy is the hardest, since there's no clear beginning and no ultimate conclusion. I call it middle-child syndrome. Did you run into any difficulties while writing The Emerald Cavern?

MG: Fortunately, that didn't happen in my case. When I started writing The Emerald Cavern, I wanted Mathew to deal with a nonhuman opponent, as opposed to a Karas Duren. I also wanted all of the characters to mature and grow further, so the bones of the story were all pretty much there when I began.

PGA: Which of the characters in The Emerald Cavern were the most enjoyable to write about? Protagonists like Mathew, Father Thomas, and Gawl, or the more gray characters like Lady Rowena, Jeram Quinn, and Teanna d'Elso?

MG: It's easy for me to write about Mathew, Father Thomas, and Gawl because I know them so well, but the others weren't especially difficult. I've often heard other authors say, "I just let my characters take over." That never really made any sense to me, until I tried to write a particular scene involving Teanna and Father Thomas. The words simply wouldn't come out right no matter how hard I tried. Then I realized Teanna would never say something like that. Once she got her own way, everything worked out fine. As far as craft goes, I think an author has to give a good deal of attention to the minor characters in a book. It gives the main character a rest and tends to make the story a more rounded one.

PGA: The conclusion of The Emerald Cavern left me dying to know what happens to Mathew. Can you give your fans a hint as to what transpires in the concluding installment? And what will the third novel be called?

MG: Without giving too much away, I can tell you the problem Mathew, Gawl, and Father Thomas have at the end of The Emerald Cavern is resolved, but in different ways; so is Mathew's relationship with Lara. When the third book begins, Mathew will be 24 years old. Teanna will be back, as will Jeram Quinn, and Akin Gibb, who you may remember from the first book. Also, the question about who the Orlocks are is answered, and no, their name wasn't an accident; nor are they mutants who showed up after an apocalyptic war. The reference to H. G. Wells was quite deliberate. The third novel is Legacy of the Ancients. I had a lot of fun writing it. My editor tells me it's scheduled for release in November 2004.

PGA: After the Fifth Ring trilogy, do you have any concrete plans for any new series? And if so, will the stories be set in the world of The Fifth Ring?

MG: The plans aren't set in stone yet, but I've been approached by two different publishers who would like me to do a prequel involving Father Thomas, and another about what happened to the Ancients. I'm leaning toward the former. At the moment I'm working on a mystery about an Atlanta lady lawyer who goes on a cruise and witnesses a murder... unfortunately, before she can do anything about it, the ship starts sinking under her in the middle of the Atlantic!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2004

    Enjoyed it

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2004

    Fine Sequel

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2004

    Wonderful Book

    Truly worthy to be a sequel to The Fifth Ring. Highly Reccommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2004

    Emerald Cavern (Fifth Ring Trilogy #2)

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2004

    Emerald Cavern (Fifth Ring Trilogy #2)

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2004

    Emerald Cavern (Fifth Ring Trilogy #2)

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2003

    Entertaining, Fun Sequel

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2003

    Emerald Cavern (Fifth Ring Trilogy #2)

    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.

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