In the Ruins (Crown of Stars Series #6) [NOOK Book]

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The long-awaited cataclysm has reshaped the very land and seas, and disrupted the war for the empire. Now all who have survived the return of the spell-exiled Aoi lands must find a way to mend their shattered territories and take a stand against their enemies in a power struggle that may forge new alliances-or doom them all.

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In the Ruins (Crown of Stars Series #6)

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Overview

The long-awaited cataclysm has reshaped the very land and seas, and disrupted the war for the empire. Now all who have survived the return of the spell-exiled Aoi lands must find a way to mend their shattered territories and take a stand against their enemies in a power struggle that may forge new alliances-or doom them all.

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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101639801
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 2/7/2006
  • Series: Crown of Stars Series , #6
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 624
  • Sales rank: 136,926
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Kate Elliott
KATE ELLIOTT is the bestselling author of more than a dozen epic novels. Her novel King’s Dragon was a finalist for the Nebula Award; The Golden Key (co-written with Melanie Rawn and Jennifer Roberson) was a World Fantasy Award finalist. Born in Iowa and raised in Oregon, she lives in Hawaii.
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    Fantastic fantasy

    Three millennia ago, the Horse People (centaurs) and seven sorcerers from seven different human tribes wove a spell that sent the Ashioi (elves) into the aether. Now that Liath, a half-human, half daimon of fire has stopped Anne and her agents from renewing the spell, the Ashai and their land has come back to Earth causing a cataclysm of epic proportions. Millions died in the resulting earthquakes, flooding of the seas and volcanic eruptions. The sun doesn¿t shine very much or as brilliantly, making it almost a certainty that famine is coming. The only reason Liath stopped the spell from being rewoven is that if it was the very earth could have been destroyed................. She makes her way back to her husband Sanglant who is now the king regnant of Wendor. They travel through lawless, lifeless and unstable lands making Sanglant realize that he wants to make Wendor a haven of peace and stability in a world gone mad. The old alliances are gone as rulers vie for even more power and land there are those who would like nothing better to see Sanglant and Liath gone from the political scene............... This book does not end the Crown of Stars saga but readers will find themselves glad of it because there is still much of the story to be told. Series fans will want to know what the Ashai will do and how Sanglant and Liath will deal with their enemies including the church who regards them as a heretic because of her use of sorcery amongst other dangling threads. Kate Elliot, an excellent fantasist, writes lush and lyrical scenes and uses her characters to scale down cosmic events to a human scale........... Harriet Klausner

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