Ironcrown Moon (Boreal Moon Tale Series #2)

Ironcrown Moon (Boreal Moon Tale Series #2)

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by Julian May
     
 

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"Through strength, treachery, and an unbridled lust for power, King Conrig - formerly the prince of Cathra - has united the warring island of High Blenholme under his control. But the dominion he so long coveted may be fleeting. His enemies are always on watch. Conrig's illicit magical abilities are known by too many - and his children show the same penchant for… See more details below

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"Through strength, treachery, and an unbridled lust for power, King Conrig - formerly the prince of Cathra - has united the warring island of High Blenholme under his control. But the dominion he so long coveted may be fleeting. His enemies are always on watch. Conrig's illicit magical abilities are known by too many - and his children show the same penchant for sorcery, making them unfit for the throne. More foreboding is word that his first wife, Princess Maudrayne, thought long dead by her own hand, has been seen in her father's kingdom of Tarn - and with her, a son who may be Conrig's true heir." "Then trouble comes as a thief in the night. The Trove of Darasilo - a collection of powerful moonstone sigils and the ancient texts that can unleash their devastation - vanishes from its secret crypt. If it falls into the wrong hands, Conrig's fate will be sealed. And the hands that hold it are almost certainly those of Prince Beynor of Moss, who would make any deal with anyone, even the most malevolent magical specter, to regain his lost realm." Conrig's only standing ally is his trusted childhood friend, Snudge, now elevated to the title of Sir Deveron Austrey. But even Snudge finds his loyalty being tested to its limits. For he knows Conrig's greatest weakness is his desire for conquest, and he suspects that if the king were to recover the lost Trove, he would not destroy it, as a truly good man would - but rather use it toward his own violent ends.

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Publishers Weekly
Vivid characterization and deft world building lift May's second Boreal Moon novel (after 2004's Conqueror's Moon). Though King Conrig has gained control of the entire island of High Blenholme, he faces many challenges, not least keeping hidden his own illicit magical powers. He hopes that his new queen, Risalla, won't produce any children with magical talent, thus disqualifying them from inheriting the throne. While he has the support of the Conjure-Queen, Ullanoth of Moss, her unscrupulous brother, Prince Beynor, schemes against him. In addition, Conrig's first queen, Maudrayne, thought to be dead, is alive and working magic for her own purposes and may have borne Conrig an heir. When the collection of moonstones known as the Trove of Danasilo threatens to fall into the wrong hands, Conrig and his allies really have their hands full. The author's usual brisk pacing will keep readers turning the pages of this well above average high fantasy. Agent, Ralph Vicinanza. (Apr. 5) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9780441012442
Publisher:
Ace Hardcover
Publication date:
04/28/2005
Series:
Boreal Moon Tale Series, #2
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.28(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.42(d)

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