Grand Conspiracy: Second Book of The Alliance of Light (The Wars of Light and Shadow, Book 5) [NOOK Book]

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Where there is light, there must always be shadow… The fifth volume in Janny Wurts’s spectacular epic fantasy, now re-released with a striking new cover design along with the rest of the series.The wars began when two half-brothers, gifted of light and shadow, stood shoulder to shoulder to defeat the Mistwraith. Their foe cast a lifelong curse of enmity between them that has so far woven three bitter conflicts and uncounted deadly intrigues.It is a time of political upheavel, fanaticism and rampaging armies. ...
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Grand Conspiracy: Second Book of The Alliance of Light (The Wars of Light and Shadow, Book 5)

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Overview

Where there is light, there must always be shadow… The fifth volume in Janny Wurts’s spectacular epic fantasy, now re-released with a striking new cover design along with the rest of the series.The wars began when two half-brothers, gifted of light and shadow, stood shoulder to shoulder to defeat the Mistwraith. Their foe cast a lifelong curse of enmity between them that has so far woven three bitter conflicts and uncounted deadly intrigues.It is a time of political upheavel, fanaticism and rampaging armies. Distrust of sorcery has set off a purge of the talented mageborn – none reviled more than Arithon, Master of Shadow. Through clever manipulation of events at the hands of his half-brother Lysaer, Lord of Light, Arithon’s very name has become anathema. Now the volatile hatreds that spearheaded the campaign against Shadow have overtaken all reason.Those that still stand in Arithon’s desperate defence are downtrodden, in retreat and close to annihilation. The stage is set for the ultimate betrayal.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780007318070
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/9/2009
  • Series: Wars of Light and Shadow Series , #5
  • Sold by: Harper Collins UK
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: ePub edition
  • Pages: 656
  • Sales rank: 340,454
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Janny Wurts is the author of the ‘Cycle of Fire’ series, co-author of the Empire series and is currently working through the Wars of Light and Shadow series. She paints all her own covers and is also an expert horsewoman, sailor, musician and archer.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2014

    Ranks and Rules

    The ranks are as follows:
    Praetor-+-lead

    Ranks and Rules<p>
    The ranks are as follows:<br />Praetor-+-leader+-+five total<br />Vicri+-+master exempler-+-future Praetor+-+one total<br />Dux-+-high commander+-+unlimited<br />Usus-+-+commander-+-umlimited<br />Nex+-+elite members-+-unlimited<br />Quinti-+-queens+-+unlimited<br />Tiro+-+apprentice members-+-unlimited<br />Felis-+-kits+-+unlimited</p>
    <p>Exo;; prisoners;; unlimited</p>
    <p>Rules for each rank:<br />Felis|| no crushes, when old enough they can play<br />Tiro|| must train multiple times, they can have a mate, but no kits, if over 20 moons so the focus is on training<br />Nex|| can have mate and kits, help train Tiro<br />Usus|| help look for potential members, must aware a Praetor if something seems suspicious. There are rewards for reporting spies and traitors within camp, they also greet new members and make them feel welcome<br />Dux|| must send out at least one border patrol daily, watch for traitors, often help plan attacks and targets, must watch for new applicants and tell Praetors of new ones<br />Vicri|| the highly trusted member and second in command, he/she orhanizes raids, also help hand out special titles<br />Praetor|| the can do anything from creating or modifying the ruies to killing any member they do not trust, they are the only ones to accept new members, hand out normal titles, and confer with outside members.</p>
    <p>You automatically inherit all responsibilities of those at and below your rank as well. Felis responsibilities are not inherited however. Felis automatically become Tiro at four moons.</p>
    <p>~LB</p>

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2014

    &real<_>anks and &real<_>ules

    The ranks are as follows:<br>Praetor-+-leader+-+five total<br>Vicri+-+master exempler-+-future Praetor+-+one total<br>Dux-+-high commander+-+unlimited<br>Usus-+-+commander-+-umlimited<br>Nex+-+elite members-+-unlimited<br>Quinti-+-queens+-+unlimited<br>Tiro+-+apprentice members-+-unlimited<br>Felis-+-kits+-+unlimited<p>Exo;; prisoners;; unlimited<p>Rules for each rank:<br>Felis|| no crushes, when old enough they can play<br>Tiro|| must train multiple times, they can have a mate, but no kits, if over 20 moons so the focus is on training<br>Nex|| can have mate and kits, help train Tiro<br>Usus|| help look for potential members, must aware a Praetor if something seems suspicious. There are rewards for reporting spies and traitors within camp, they also greet new members and make them feel welcome<br>Dux|| must send out at least one border patrol daily, watch for traitors, often help plan attacks and targets, must watch for new applicants and tell Praetors of new ones<br>Vicri|| the highly trusted member and second in command, he/she orhanizes raids, also help hand out special titles<br>Praetor|| the can do anything from creating or modifying the ruies to killing any member they do not trust, they are the only ones to accept new members, hand out normal titles, and confer with outside members.<p>You automatically inherit all responsibilities of those at and below your rank as well. Felis responsibilities are not inherited however. Felis automatically become Tiro at four moons.<p>~L&beta

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  • Posted June 30, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    I can't recommend this series highly enough!

    Mistwraith is an incredibly compelling, action filled, gut wrenching, heart stopping adventure with one of the most incredible love stories I've read in a long time.

    In this one, the Koriani emerge as a truly evil force, as they manipulate spirit and matter to create a double for Arithon and continue to plot his capture or death. Arithon and Elaira build their relationship even stronger. Lirenda is shown the way to love and compassion but shuts herself off in hatred and envy.

    Every character continues to develop and change, events come to cataclysmic climaxes, and Arithon continues to be the most riveting and fascinating heroes in literature. Music weaves its way into the elemental forces of nature. Crystals are used to force power in soul killing ways. The Paravians continue to exert their magical power that leaves men bereft in their absence.

    I can't say enough about this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2004

    Last Book??

    I love the story..but am desperate to find out if this is the last novel???

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2000

    Sadly Disappointed

    The Wars of Light and Shadow has been one of my favorite fantasy series since it's inception. After spending more than a year hungrily awaiting this next installment in the series, I am now rather disappointed with the end result. The Grand Conspiracy lacked many of the elements that made all of the other books so wonderful: rich character development, a beautifully sweeping time scale, and gripping action. Many of the characters seem to lack depth, acting more like puppets than the captivating people they were in the first four books. The time scale of the book felt like it was an after the fact addition. At one point the Fellowship Sorrcers cast a spell that shows them 12 years of peace ahead, promptly skipping the reader forward in time those same years. Perhaps most damming of all the faults in the book is the lack of any really gripping action. In sharp contrast with The Fugitive Prince where Arithon avoided grand conjury, saved the clans, and barely managed to stay alive, the action of this book seems to be only a build up for the next one. Lysaer appears rarely and has no affect on the plot other then to set himself even further against the good guys for the final confrontation. The Witches scheme and muck things up but it never really looks like they will capture Arithon. The Fellowship spends all of its time being frantic and Arithon is never really threatened by anyone. When I bought The Ships of Merior in paperback the author's note said that 'the concept and plotting for the Wars of Light and Shadow [has] been worked through in full in five volumes.' Counting the books in the series I find that the Grand Conspiracy is book five, the one which should have ended the plot entirely. Instead of an end to the series I find a watered down and rather boring installment which was not at all needed. I am very sad that this series has now joined the ranks of 'The Wheel of Time' and 'Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn' as epic fantasy that extended past the point where an end wolud be an improvement. I sincerely hope that the next book wraps up the series in a manner befitting the mastery of the earlier installments.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2000

    Wurts shapes, then cultivates a fine read in The Grand Conspiracy

    In the latest fantasy novel by Janny Wurts, The Grand Conspiracy, we find ourselves in a plodding and sometimes slowly manifested intrigue of politics and magical grand conjury. I don't know whether it's me or not, but the passions that I sensed from end to end in the first two instances of this series have been set aside for almost cold ruthless logic. I presage all of the founding passages, knowing that these tiny tidbits are laid down to justify the authors later whims. In the middle of the book I was begging for a reprieve from the brutally methodical pace. Thankfully, I was answered and the culmination of acts previously laid out in detail came to an excitement filled conclusion that almost won me back. I say almost because the next to final act in this book unnerved me. A major scene in the city of Jealot was undertaken in a previous episode of this series and yet the author found it entirely within her right to return us to this city and re-enact the tom-foolery we've already once been through. Granted, Arithon's wit and whimsey while making fools of town guards and initiate witches is fun, but alas, not what I expect from what was once a grand and dark tale. By staging this rerun, she only solidified our suspicion that no matter what the withces do, Arithon will win the day. There was very little, if any concern for his, or his witch-made twin's safety. Remembering those earlier scenes and the especially the first book in this series, there were no dire consequences of Arithon's actions. Nor did we dread all that much, the leadership of his half brother Lysear. I sensed no loss, betrayal, anger, or any other dark emotion that would more surely bind me to its conclusion. This was a nice book. It did not reveal the passion, depth, and thoughtfulness of the first or second book, but has solidified Ms. Wurts intent to write a logical and prose-filled dialogue of the happenings of Athera. This she has done extremely well. Too bad, with all of its potential for greatness, it falls short.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 1999

    THE BEST SO FAR in the Wars of Light & Shadow!

    AN EXCELLENT READ!!!! Thoroughly enjoyable, Janny Wurts lives up to and surpasses her fine reputation. Intricate plots and innuendoes abound... Not for the unadventurous or uninspired reader. A truly ingenious and intellectually stimulating work, artistically enhanced by the author's own original cover and illustrations.

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