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Robert Newcomb's epic fantasy, the Chronicles of Blood and Stone (The Fifth Sorceress and The Gates of Dawn), continues with The Scrolls of the Ancients, which furthers the adventures the Chosen Ones -- Prince Tristan and his twin sister, Shailiha -- as they battle an ancient evil resurrected.
As the prophesized Chosen Ones, Tristan and Shailiha are just beginning to understand their life's duty to combine the two opposing magical arts (the compassionate Vigors and the malevolent Vagaries) so that the people of the enchanted land of Eutracia can finally live in peace. But just as the Chosen Ones and their allies are striving to unite the magics, an equally dedicated cabal has sworn to tear it apart. Krassus, a fatally ill wizard, has vowed to complete his mission of evil before he dies. His undertaking is to find Tristan and Shailiha's bastard brother Wulfgar and indoctrinate him into the ways of the Vagaries. If he succeeds, no one will be able to stand in his way.
Fans of bestselling serial adventure fantasies (like L. E. Modesitt's Recluce saga, David Drake's Lord of the Isles sequence, and Terry Brooks's Shannara series) who are looking for comparable literary excursions should definitely give Newcomb's Chronicles of Blood and Stone novels a try. Chock-full of nonstop action -- battling wizards, ghoulish armies, royal kidnappings, impossible quests, high-seas battles, apocalyptic prophecies, and the like -- this story is fueled, surprisingly enough, by Newcomb's adept characterization. Readers will find as much enjoyment hating truly vile antagonists like Krassus as they do rooting for the group of heroic protagonists. Paul Goat Allen