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The balance between Law and Chaos has long been maintained by the rulers of Bearn, but the death of the current king and the seeming lack of a suitable heir - along with the treachery of the prime minister - have enabled the elves to magically substitute one of their own on the throne. And, under the leadership of Dh'arlo'me, the dark elves now seem certain to claim their long-desired vengeance on humankind. But when, despite all Dh'arlo'me's attempts to prevent it, the small party which set out to find and bring...
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The balance between Law and Chaos has long been maintained by the rulers of Bearn, but the death of the current king and the seeming lack of a suitable heir - along with the treachery of the prime minister - have enabled the elves to magically substitute one of their own on the throne. And, under the leadership of Dh'arlo'me, the dark elves now seem certain to claim their long-desired vengeance on humankind. But when, despite all Dh'arlo'me's attempts to prevent it, the small party which set out to find and bring back Griff, the last possible heir to the throne, seems likely to succeed in its mission, Dh'arlo'me realizes that even magic and murder combined will not be enough to overturn the balance between Law and Chaos. Now Dh'arlo'me's solution must hinge on Bearn's burden and treasure, the Staff of Law and the Staff of Chaos. These are the staves which are used to prove the worthiness of an heir to rule. However, they are far more than that. For within these plain pieces of wood dwell the essences of Law and Chaos, each eternally seeking its Champion, each striving to destroy the other and thereby permanently shift the balance of Midgard in its own favor. But should either Law or Chaos actually triumph, it will indeed herald the end of humankind. With all the worlds teetering on the brink of a new and certainly final doom, it falls to Colbey Calistinsson, Keeper of the Balance, to select the correct Champion to pit against Dh'arlo'me. If he chooses wisely, the Balance should reassert itself. Should he err, all life - both mortal and immortal - will come to an end. Yet even success will come at a high price. For the only way to insure that this danger can never arise again, is for both Champions and Staffs to be totally annihilated.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this second volume (after Beyond Ragnarok) of her Renshai Chronicles, set some 300 years after her Renshai Trilogy, bestselling fantasy author Reichert takes readers deeper into the saga of Colbey Calistinsson and his determination to restore the balance between Law and Chaos. The ambitious dark elf Dh'arlo'm and his supporters have managed to substitute one of their own as King of Barn, but the subterfuge is revealed when a loyal band of adventurers returns safely with Griff (rescued from an elven dungeon in Beyond Ragnarok), the last heir to the Barnian throne. Dh'arlo'm also holds the powerful Staves of Law and Chaos, the heart of Barnian succession and power. Retaining the Staff of Law, he offers a dangerous challenge: Colbey must find a warrior to wield the Staff of Chaos and face Dh'arlo'm in single combat for ultimate control over the fate of the world. The last half of this heavily plot-driven novel takes a strangely misogynist turn, as a plague of sterility temporarily reduces even the mighty Renshai swordswoman Kevral to the status of royal brood mare. An excess of melodrama and too many convenient plot twists make this second novel an uneven and unsatisfying middle piece to Reichert's latest trilogy. (Nov.)
VOYA - Bonnie Kunzel
This second installment of The Renshai Chronicles is shorter than the first-only 622 pages, and the story isn't over yet. It begins with a cliffhanger, as a shipwreck separates the young companions who are trying so valiantly to bring Griff, last heir to the throne of Bearn, safely home to the land that is in such need of his innocence. The evil leader of the elves, who has been dabbling in dark magic, summons a demon to attach the ship carrying Griff to Bearn. Fortunately, there are a few good elves who are willing to fight beside their human counterparts, and they are sorely needed now that the land is falling more and more into a state of chaos. Griff survives the shipwreck, and in spite of the Prime Minister of Bearn's treachery is able to assume his rightful place on the throne. But that is only the beginning as new challenges arise for the members of the band who brought him safely home. The thief is reunited with his father, but is no longer interested in becoming a Prince of Thieves, even if his rejection of his father's way of life may cost him his own. The Knight-in-Training must complete his training and assume the responsibilities of a full-fledged knight, which means being separated for awhile from the lady of his heart, the Renshai warrior. She, in turn, has the biggest challenge of them all. She can't decide which man she loves more, the thief or the knight, even after sleeping with both of them. Shortly after going to a neighboring city to train their soldiers in the way of the Renshai warriors, she discovers that she is pregnant, but which man is the father? Colbey faces off against the evil leader of the elves and during their final climactic battle discovers that the struggle is not over yet. Odin is alive again and eager for revenge. Stay tuned. This is another complex fantasy with inventive world-building and an attractive cover by Jody A. Lee that should easily draw in fantasy readers. This second volume is not as closely knit as the first, and there are plenty of loose ends for a sequel. I cared enough about the characters that I for one am looking forward to finding out what happens to them next. VOYA Codes: 4Q 3P S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses, Will appeal with pushing, Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780886777159
  • Publisher: DAW Hardcover
  • Publication date: 11/1/1996
  • Series: Renshai Chronicles Series , #2
  • Pages: 640
  • Product dimensions: 6.56 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 1.81 (d)

Meet the Author


Mickey Zucker Reichert is a pediatrician, parent, animal lover, and author of twenty-some novels including Renshai, Nightfall, Barakhai, and Bifrost series, one illustrated novella, and fifty-plus short stories. She can be found at mickeyzuckerreichert.com.
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Prince of Demons is the second book in the Renshai Chronicles trilogy (the first being Beyond Ragnarok), which takes place in the same world as the Last of the Renshai trilogy. I couldn't stand the thought of getting caught in the all-too-common trap of writing the same trilogy repeatedly in the guise of sequels. So, the Renshai Chronicles takes place 300 years after the previous trilogy, with minimal overlap of characters and none of situation. Along with the usual mix of clashing swords and seemingly no-win situations, I seriously explored issues of parenting, stepparenting, and adoption in the subtext.

Each of the five Renshai books (and the sixth, due out in June of 1998) stands alone and tells a complete story. However, I believe the story becomes richer if the books are read in order.
—Mickey Zucker Reichert

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