The Ships of Merior (The Wars of Light and Shadow, Book 2) [NOOK Book]

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Janny Wurts?s epic tale of two half-brothers cursed to life-long enmity continues in this spectacular second volume.The half-brothers Arithon, Master of Shadow, and Lysaer, Lord of Light, have defeated the Mistwraith and dispersed the fogs that smothered Athera?s skies. But their victory comes at a high price: the Mistwraith has set them at odds under a powerful curse of vengeance. The two princes are locked in deadly enmity, with the fates of nations and the balance of the world?s mystical powers entangled in ...
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The Ships of Merior (The Wars of Light and Shadow, Book 2)

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Overview

Janny Wurts’s epic tale of two half-brothers cursed to life-long enmity continues in this spectacular second volume.The half-brothers Arithon, Master of Shadow, and Lysaer, Lord of Light, have defeated the Mistwraith and dispersed the fogs that smothered Athera’s skies. But their victory comes at a high price: the Mistwraith has set them at odds under a powerful curse of vengeance. The two princes are locked in deadly enmity, with the fates of nations and the balance of the world’s mystical powers entangled in their feud.Arithon, forced out of hiding, finds himself hounded by Lysaer and his mighty army. He must take to his natural element – the seas – in order to evade pursuit and steal the initiative. However, his efforts are impeded by outside magical factions, not to mention a drunken prophet sent to safeguard his life, but who seems determined to wreck his cause by misadventure.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780007346936
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/8/2010
  • Series: Wars of Light and Shadow Series , #2
  • Sold by: Harper Collins UK
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: ePub edition
  • Pages: 752
  • Sales rank: 184,805
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Janny Wurts is the author of the ‘Cycle of Fire’ series, co-author of the Empire series and is currently working through the Wars of Light and Shadow series. She paints all her own covers and is also an expert horsewoman, sailor, musician and archer.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2010

    Better than "Curse of the Mistwraith" !!!

    I liked this more than the previous novel in the series "Curse of the Mistwraith" & that's hard to imagine. Part of the reason is that the world & characters are already set, so Janny could spend more time exploring how the curse played out & the characters. The world expanded & the action increased, too.

    There were some things I didn't like, but I can't mention them without making a spoiler review, something I hate. I can say, that what I didn't like were necessary to the story, pieces of a hard life that was masterfully told & just ripped at my emotions - so they weren't 'bad', just heart rending. They heightened the good points to bring more joy, but they weren't easy to take.

    Again, the book ended logically & on crescendo of action. There's obviously plenty of room for the story to go on. My hardback edition has both this book & "Warhost of Vastmark" together as one book. Since it is a first edition, signed to me by the author, I didn't read it but the paperback which makes two books out of them.

    If you liked the Lord of the Rings, I think you'll love this series. If you're used to skimming candy books, be warned that Janny's prose is dense. Each word is polished & set in place like a fine jeweler sets stones. If you skim, you'll miss points, but most of all, you'll miss an almost poetic tale.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2004

    Tresure Beyond Price

    The Wars of Light and Shadow series is truly a treasure, and Curse of the Mistwraith is a wonderful beginning for it. There are any number of reasons to recommend this book, and indeed this series, to others. Seeing as so many options are available, I go with the most fundamental. The way everything fits together. Something mentioned in passing - then when you least expect it, that little offhand detail comes in VERY handy. How Janny Wurts manages to insert humor into the story without turning the character into a useless comic foil. Dakar can be DAMNED funny, and yet, he is still an interesting character with an important bearing on the story, not one who exists simply to serve as comic relief. But what really draws me to this work are the evocative, even haunting images that Janny creates. Her words are drawn with a bard's brush and the tapestry of her story is woven with threads of sadness and beauty. The empathy that is created with Arithon; the wistfulness for the lost Paravians; the pain that is visited upon innocents by the effects of the Mistwraith's curse; these all combine to tell a tale of sorrow and tragedy that will make bitter-sweet even the most triumphant conclusion. The way the bad guy isn't portrayed as simply 'evil, and that's all there is to it'. The phrasing (especially the inventive insults!) The way I, at least, can never guess what's going to happen next. And, of course, Arithon. Pirate. Prince. Bard. Swordsman. Shadow Mage. One all around kickass man - and not afraid to show it. 'Like the raven in advance of the war, I go to call Traithe to the blood-letting.'

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