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Shadowborn (Darkborn Trilogy Series #3)

Shadowborn (Darkborn Trilogy Series #3)

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by Alison Sinclair
     
 

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For the Darkborn, the touch of sunlight kills, while darkness is lethal for the Lightborn. For centuries, the two have lived in an uneasy peace, sharing the same city but never meeting. Now, with the rise of the Shadowborn, everything is about to change…

Condemned to death by the Darkborn for practicing sorcery, Lady Telmaine Hearne escaped her fate

Overview

For the Darkborn, the touch of sunlight kills, while darkness is lethal for the Lightborn. For centuries, the two have lived in an uneasy peace, sharing the same city but never meeting. Now, with the rise of the Shadowborn, everything is about to change…

Condemned to death by the Darkborn for practicing sorcery, Lady Telmaine Hearne escaped her fate and is now bound with her mageborn allies for the Borders—and the war brewing there.

Also on the frontlines of the battle between Darkborn and Shadowborn is the assassin Floria White Hand, desperately maneuvering between allies and enemies to bring her Lightborn prince home safe.

The fragile alliance between Lightborn and Darkborn, between mage and non-mage, is endangered. The mage Tammorn is forced to become ambassador to the enemy. And a lifetime fighting the Shadowborn has not prepared Ishmael di Studier for what he will find when he follows the Call from the Shadowlands—and meets the woman behind it…

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Kirkus Reviews

Final installment of Sinclair's romantic daylight vs. darkness fantasy trilogy, followingLightborn(2010).

Hundreds of years ago a war between powerful mages resulted in the world being sundered in twain. The Lightborn require light to survive and are killed by darkness, while for the sightless Darkborn—they have a sort of blindsight called "sonn"—the reverse is true. Over time the two peoples made an uneasy accommodation, but now both face slavery or annihilation by the mysterious Shadowborn, whose magic is more powerful than either and whose motives, initially at least, remain unknown. Sociologically, society resembles the English Regency with its frilly entitlements and deference to the aristocracy, while technologically it's more late Victorian, with railways, modern weaponry and scientific experimentation. Another complication is that the haughty Lightborn mages, for all their organization, can't detect the Shadowborn or their magic, so when the Shadowborn assault the Darkborn stronghold of Stranhorne, the Lightborn Prince Fejelis immediately blames the Darkborn. Leading the Darkborn defenders is Ishmael, a mage no longer able to exercise his magic, and his physician friend Balthasar Hearne, who believes that his wife, the powerful but untrained mage Lady Telmaine, is dead, executed by the Lightborn. What nobody yet grasps is that the Shadowborn mages can not only ensorcel large groups of people, but they can take the semblance of others. However, the huge cast, each with his or her style, title and particular magic talent or lack thereof, and complex web of interactions, accusations and suspicions, makes this volume a tough place to start for newcomers.

Conceptually satisfying and thoroughly absorbing, if overpopulated and sometimes overwhelming.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101515617
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/07/2011
Series:
Darkborn Trilogy , #3
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
368
File size:
375 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Alison Sinclair is the author of Legacies, Blueheart and Cavalcade (nominated for the Arthur C Clarke award), as well as Darkborn and Lightborn. She lives in Montreal.

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