Last of the Wilds (Age of the Five Trilogy #2)

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After pitched battle, The White—the avatars of the Five Gods—have briefly turned back the vicious invaders. And now, the priestess Auraya is sent on an urgent mission to reconcile with the powerful, outcast Dreamweavers, for their magical healing abilities may be the key to saving the land. But as a deadly plague devastates their allies and old adversaries resurface, a dreadful surprise may ruin the chance for peace. For Auraya's terrible discovery will force her into a desperate choice—one whose consequences ...

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Overview

After pitched battle, The White—the avatars of the Five Gods—have briefly turned back the vicious invaders. And now, the priestess Auraya is sent on an urgent mission to reconcile with the powerful, outcast Dreamweavers, for their magical healing abilities may be the key to saving the land. But as a deadly plague devastates their allies and old adversaries resurface, a dreadful surprise may ruin the chance for peace. For Auraya's terrible discovery will force her into a desperate choice—one whose consequences will change the world forever.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060815912
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/25/2006
  • Series: Age of the Five Trilogy , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 412,602
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Trudi Canavan is the author of the bestselling Black Magician trilogy—The Magician's Guild, The Novice, and The High Lord—as well as Priestess of the White and Last of the Wilds, Books One and Two of her Age of the Five trilogy. She lives in a little house on a hillside, near a forest, in the Melbourne suburb of Ferntree Gully in Australia. She has been making up stories about things that don't exist for as long as she can remember, and was amazed when her first published story received an Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Short Story in 1999. A freelance illustrator and designer, she also works as the designer and Art Director of Aurealis, a magazine of Australian Fantasy & Science Fiction.

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Last of the Wilds

Age of the Five Trilogy Book 2
By Trudi Canavan

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright ©2006 Trudi Canavan
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060815914

Chapter One

The man standing near the window all but reeked of fear. He hovered a few steps away from the panes, challenging himself to overcome his dread of heights and step closer, to look down from the Tower window at the ground far below.

Danjin did this every day. Auraya didn't like to stop him. It took a lot of courage for him to confront his fear. The trouble was, being able to read his mind meant that she felt his anxiety and was distracted from whatever she was trying to concentrate on -- at the moment a long and boring letter from a trader asking for the White to enact a law that would make him the only man able to trade with the Siyee legally.

Turning away from the window, Danjin found her looking at him and frowned.

"No, you didn't miss something I said," she replied.

He smiled, relieved. Reading minds was a habit for her now. The thoughts of others were so easily detectable that she had to concentrate in order not to hear them. The normal flow of conversation felt frustratingly slow as a result. She knew what somebody was going to say before they said it and had to hold back from replying until the words were spoken. To answer a question before a speaker had the chance to askit was rude. It made her feel like an actor, anticipating and delivering lines.

With Danjin, however, she was able to relax. Her adviser accepted her mind-reading as part of what she was and did not take offense if she reacted to his thoughts as if he had spoken them aloud. For that she was grateful.

Danjin moved to a chair and sat down. He looked at the letter in her hands.

"Have you finished?" he asked.

"No." She looked down and forced herself to continue reading. When she had finished she looked up at Danjin again. His gaze was distant and she smiled as she saw the direction his thoughts had taken.

I can't believe it's been a year already, he mused. A year since I became an Adviser to the White. As he noticed her watching him his eyes brightened. "How will you be celebrating the end of your first year as White tomorrow?" he asked.

"I suppose we'll get together for dinner," Auraya replied. "And we will be meeting in the Altar, too."

His eyebrows rose. "Perhaps the gods will congratulate you in person."

She shrugged. "Perhaps. Perhaps it will just be us White." She leaned back in her chair. "Juran will probably want to review the year's events."

"Then he has a lot to review."

"Yes," she agreed. "I hope not every year of my life as a White is that exciting. First the Somreyan alliance, then living in Si, then the war. I wouldn't mind visiting other lands, or returning to Somrey and Si, but I would prefer it if I never had to go to war again."

He grimaced in agreement. "I wish I could say with certainty that it was unlikely in my lifetime." But I can't, he finished silently.

She nodded. "So do I." We can only trust that the gods had good reason to order us to let the Pentadrian sorcerers live. With their strongest sorcerer dead, the Pentadrians are weaker than the Circlian forces -- for now. They have only to find another to replace him to become a threat to Northern Ithania again.

Once she would have been unconcerned. Sorcerers as powerful as the leaders of the Pentadrians were not born often -- perhaps once every hundred years. That five had risen to power in Southern Ithania in the same generation was extraordinary. The White couldn't risk hoping that another hundred years would pass before the Pentadrians found a sorcerer strong enough to replace Kuar.

We should have killed the four that survived, Auraya thought. But the battle was over. It would have seemed like murder. I have to admit, I would rather we White were known for our compassion than for ruthlessness. Perhaps that is the gods' intention, too.

She looked down at the ring on her hand. Through it the gods heightened her natural magical strength and gave her Gifts that few sorcerers had ever possessed. It was a plain white band -- nothing extraordinary -- and her hand looked just as it had the year before. Many years would pass before it became apparent that she hadn't aged a day since she had put it on.

Her fellow White had lived far longer. Juran had been the first to be chosen over a hundred years before. He had seen everyone he had known before his Choosing grow old and die. She could not imagine what that must be like.

Dyara had been next, then Mairae and Rian, each chosen at twenty-five-year intervals. Even Rian had been immortal long enough that people who remembered him from before his Choosing must notice that he had not aged a day since. "I have heard rumors that the Sennon emperor tore up the alliance he signed with the Pentadrians within hours of their defeat," Danjin said. "Do you know if it is true?"

Auraya looked up at him and chuckled. "So the rumor is spreading. We're not sure if it is true yet. The emperor sent all of our priests and priestesses out of Sennon after signing it, so none were there to witness if he tore it up." "Apparently a Dreamweaver was," Danjin said. "Have you spoken to Dreamweaver Adviser Raeli lately?"

"Not since we returned." Since the war, she felt like someone had touched a healing wound whenever anyone mentioned Dreamweavers. Thinking of them always turned her mind to Leiard.

She looked away as a flood of memories overwhelmed her. Some were of the white-haired and bearded man who had lived in the forest near her home village -- the man who had taught her so much of cures, the world and magic. Some memories were more recent, and were of the man she had made her adviser in Dreamweaver matters, defying the general prejudice of Circlians against those who followed the cult.

Continues...


Excerpted from Last of the Wilds by Trudi Canavan Copyright ©2006 by Trudi Canavan. Excerpted by permission.
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  • Posted May 4, 2009

    Didn't live up to the 1st

    While this book was pretty good, but it didn't live up to the first one in the series. And certainly didn't compare to Canavan's Black Magician trilogy. I was slightly disappointed.

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  • Posted December 16, 2008

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    Even better than the first

    The first book of this series spent a lot of time introducing characters and developing the initial plot. This book allowed for a much better development of the characters as well as introducing some new ones. It also took several unexpected turns that fascinated and intrigued me beyond what the first book had introduced. I can't wait for the next book now!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2007

    Simply Incredible

    The Siyee, faced with a terrible plague, need all the help they can get to survive. As the story progresses, the one lone dreamweaver helping them becomes not enought, and Auraya must sacrifice much of what she loves in order to save them. In addition, the story is also told from the vantage point of the Pentadrians, which was just interesting in and of itself. SEMI-SPOILER WARNING The last commenter takes issue with the idea that Auraya has changed. She's now questioning the gods, defying them (but not their ideas), etc. In reality, Auraya's character has merely done what all good characters do: evolved. In the first book, she does question the gods, just not directly. She sleeps with a dreamweaver, she doesn't want to go to battle (alhtough she does, and look at the guilt that leaves her with), and she internally debates the ethics of this plan she has that would spread the dreamweaver's reknowned healing powers among the circlians, but at the same time might spell the end of these dreamweavers. So it is not like Auraya was always had blind faith (she loved the gods, but she always, to a cerain degree, questioned their actions), it is just that as certain things were asked of her, as more ethical dilemmas were raised, she just became more questioning. The last commenter also didn't like that in her last act of defiance she gave everything up to be with the Siyee, when the Siyee were 'going to be fine.' No, they weren't. One and five would die without her, which is nowhere near the definition of fine. Plus, the abandonment of their new allies, the White, during this crisis would have morally devestated the Siyee, turned them against landwalkers, destroying the alliance and trust that they circlians had tried to build up. Finally, the commenter before me doesn't like the idea thet in the next book humans (mortal or immortal) might be able to kil the gods, simply because they are supposed to be gods. First of all, the rules of fantasy change with each book, and the reader hast to learn to live with how each world defines their beings. Since some gods in this book have already been killed off (albeit, by other gods) then why not these gods? And we don't know how it plays out yet. It may take many immortals to defeat one god, or they may trick gods into defeating each other, etc. So just wait and see.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2006

    GREAT, at first...

    I absolutely adored the first book in this trilogy...it exceeded all of my expectations! Canavan is a very talented writer. I had no doubt in my mind that the second, as well as third book, would be just as good, however, I cannot express to you enough how much I was disappointed in the outcome of this book! I am inclined to believe that it probably deserves more than two stars, but I was just so disappointed! I cannot believe that Auraya gave up her position as a white...abandoned all her people for the sake of the siyee, when the Gods assured her they would be okay anyway, despite their loss. I do not even want to think about her being replaced! I can't believe she is not a White anymore, that whole concept was one reason I was so intrigued in the book in the first place!!! Sure it would have been a hard thing to do, killing mirar, and I realize that she felt it was wrong...but she should have trusted the judgment of the Gods, the Gods she has sworn herself to! In the first book we see how devoted she is to them, how much she loves them...that she would do anything for them. Then all of a sudden in the second book it is like she is a totally different person. Like she really didn¿t even care either way! She questions their judgment, she defies them, she resigns as a White, and at one point she even thinks about turning from them and meeting up with Mirar. I cannot believe that the author made it so, it would have been a much better story otherwise! I am even reluctant to read Voice Of The Gods, because I can pretty much guess how it will turn out...PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, do not even think about telling me that a mortal or immortal can kill the Gods...that defeats the whole purpose of them being a God and just sounds ridiculous...why even call them a God in the first place...but hopefully I will bring myself to read it, and Canavan WILL PROVE me otherwise. Please do, you are such a great writer...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2006

    She Did It Again!

    This was once again a Wonderful Book. After reading the first book i just had to get the second and she did it again. If the cover of the 'Priestess Of The White' turns all of you male readers away you are foolish this a wonderful trilogy for both males and females of all ages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2006

    AMAZING

    Trudi Canavaan has done it again! If I could have given The Last of The Wilds more stars, I would. I love the way she switches back and forth between different character stories, and then how she combines them. Plus, the dynamics and romance between Auyora, Chiara and Mirar/Leiard are great. She makes you want more. I can't wait till the next book is out!

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