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The long-awaited beginning of the fourth story arc - Sword of the Canon - in the epic fantasy series, the Wars of Light and Shadow.Betrayed and double-crossed, Arithon s’Ffalenn is held captive by the Order of the Koriathain. The desperate Fellowship Sorcerers have gambled the weal of Athera and forced through the perilous bargain that spared him, as the last Prince of Rathain, and their sole hope of unity. To suspend the Prime Matriarch’s decree of execution, Arithon lives only to battle Marak’s horde of free ...
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The long-awaited beginning of the fourth story arc - Sword of the Canon - in the epic fantasy series, the Wars of Light and Shadow.Betrayed and double-crossed, Arithon s’Ffalenn is held captive by the Order of the Koriathain. The desperate Fellowship Sorcerers have gambled the weal of Athera and forced through the perilous bargain that spared him, as the last Prince of Rathain, and their sole hope of unity. To suspend the Prime Matriarch’s decree of execution, Arithon lives only to battle Marak’s horde of free wraiths, unleashed one by one from the shielding grip of the star wards.But on the day the last wraith is redeemed, the inflexible terms sealed by Dakar’s oath of debt will be forfeit…Against a backdrop in which the Religion of Light has undergone schism, the fanatical True Sect’s high priesthood stands consumed by its thwarted ambition: to conquer Havish, the backbone of order that secures the terms of Paravian survival. Now Lord Mayor of Etarra, Lysaer s’Ilessid must fight the pull of the Mistwraith’s curse, and battle for sanity to uphold his just ethic. Another young defender will stand at his side, newly sworn by the Sorcerer’s auspices.As Arithon’s life once again becomes the fulcrum that shifts the game board, Elaira’s choice might save or break the unstable future; while at large and answerable to no mortal law, Davien and the dragon that holds his service throw in the wild card no one predicts…
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Magical factions scheme in the shadow of impending religious war in the hefty ninth installment of Wurts’s Wars of Light and Shadow. After 249 years of imprisonment by the Koriathain, the captive prince Arithon is freed but left amnesiac and alone. Pledged to noninterference, the Fellowship field sorcerer Asandir cannot intervene directly as the Koriani Prime Matriarch’s search for the lost prince stirs to action both the fanatical True Sect and Arithon’s accursed half-brother, Lysaer, whose precarious self-control is challenged by Arithon’s reawakening powers of shadow. Though this installment is burdened by overornate language (“Sweated by the fact she laid bare his worst fear, Lysaer slashed back with as brutal an honesty”) and challenging to the new reader, Wurts (Stormed Fortress) neatly balances both the epic scale of the coming clash and the individual perspective of those swept into it while weaving an impressive tapestry of politics, religion, and magic. (Mar.)
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‘Astonishingly original and compelling… A gifted creator of wonder’RAYMOND E. FEIST‘Janny Wurts builds beautiful castles in the air … where every detail is richly imagined and vividly rendered’DIANA GABALDON‘It ought to be illegal for one person to have so much talent’STEPHEN DONALDSON
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780007362127
  • Publisher: HarperCollins UK
  • Publication date: 11/21/2011
  • Series: The Wars of Light and Shadow Series , #9
  • Pages: 544
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 2.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Janny Wurts is the author of the Cycle of Fire series, co-author of the worldwide bestselling Empire series with Raymond E. Feist, and is currently working on the Wars of Light and Shadow series. She often paints her own covers and is also an expert horsewoman, sailor, musician and archer.
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  • Posted March 24, 2012

    Another great book from a great author that has been doing this

    Another great book from a great author that has been doing this for many years. I highly recommend reading anything Janny has put out over the years!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2012

    Highly recommend - You must have all the series.

    I love this series, its worth the wait to see what happens to the brothers and all who are involved with their lives. How Arithon was betraded by Darkar, but how Darkar will help him in his own way. Can't wait to see what the Prime has up her sleeve, This series is worth reading again and again. I have read it at least 6 times alread and will read it again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2011

    Fabulous

    Well worth the wait.

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