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In the sixth installment of Kate Elliott's shelf-bending Crown of Stars septet (King's Dragon, Prince of Dogs, The Burning Stone, et al.), the dreaded cataclysm has finally arrived and the lost land of the Aoi has returned to the earth, only to create widespread chaos and destruction.
Liath, a sorcerer's daughter with history-altering powers, has succeeded in stopping an attempt to rework the dark spell that has kept the Aoi in the aether for thousands of years. But the Ashiois' released from exile and subsequent arrival has caused a myriad of natural disasters -- earthquakes, tidal waves, firestorms, etc. -- and sent the continent of Novaria reeling. Amid the devastation, political and religious alliances are suddenly changed. With King Henry dead, his illegitimate son, Sanglant, becomes the reluctant heir to an empire on the brink of collapse. Can Sanglant and his wife, Liath, bring peace and stability back to the kingdom? They may have a chance if they can stay alive long enough…
Elliott's Crown of Stars saga is the antithesis of a quick read. The series boasts a narrative as massive as Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time and as thematically complex as Neal Stephenson's Baroque Cycle -- and an index of characters that is 15 pages long! Elliott understates the obvious in the Author's Notes: "[T]his has been a long and complicated series, with a long and complicated plot." Fantasy fans who like to immerse themselves in a richly described, lushly detailed realm -- like Robert Silverberg's Majipoor or Katherine Kurtz's Deryni Cycle -- should definitely give Elliott's sweeping epic of magical intrigue a try. Paul Goat Allen