Summoning Spectres

Summoning Spectres

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by L.J. Hutton
     
 

Book 3 of The Islands QuartetOn Brychan Berengar and the Knights are finding fighting back against the Deáine invasion has problems they could never have anticipated, not least being how to move around when every road is snowbound. Could the Ancients’ pathway solve all their problems, and can they find it in time? Yet for all their powers, the leading De

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Book 3 of The Islands QuartetOn Brychan Berengar and the Knights are finding fighting back against the Deáine invasion has problems they could never have anticipated, not least being how to move around when every road is snowbound. Could the Ancients’ pathway solve all their problems, and can they find it in time? Yet for all their powers, the leading Deáine also have problems in Brychan, and some of them come from within their own ranks! What are Quintillean and Masanae up to? And have they found the means to elevate themselves above the rest of the Abend? Why has Anarawd been uncharacterisitcally quiet, and is he planning to join with the other Abend, or is he against them too? As Quintillean stumbles through snow-locked northern Brychan with hostages Wistan and Kenelm, his scheme exacts a higher toll from him than he expected. While for Will and Sioncaet, hard on his trail, Quintillean is still powerful enough to test them to their limits, but in his arrogance he makes a mistake which Will can turn to their own benefit – one which will come back and bite him!On frozen Celidon, Maelbrigt has a very different problem to deal with. He now has the Islander Sword, a massive weapon which requires him to relearn all his fighting skills, and with it comes Squint, the strange creature who will link him to the Sword’s power when needed. However as Maelbrigt and the Celidon Foresters continue on to try and retrieve the Deáine Gauntlet, they run into trouble in the unlikely place of an isolate island off Celidon’s coast, and the high price they pay for overcoming it shocks them badly. As the battered men return to Celidon, they cross paths with Ruari bringing the Islander Shield there for safe-keeping. In the refuge of Sarne Castle. Ruari tells of his strange mission to venture to the uninhabited island of Taineire in the north to attempt to revive the ancient allies of the Islanders. Trapped in a frozen cavern and entombed in strange devices which preserve their life essence, these Ancients could well hold the key to defeating the Deáine, but not unless Ruari can get them free once more. Together he and Maelbrigt travel north with Squint, going away from where they want to go in the quest to save more lives.Yet Squint was not the only one of his kind, and to the Islanders’ horror they realise that others like Squint have been abandoned in a strange world between worlds. A wholly different kind of challenge for them will be how to rescue these creatures from their living entombment, for failure there will have repercussions beyond the matter of conscience.Meanwhile on Rheged, Matti and Kayne discover that all was not as it seemed – have they accused Osbern wrongly? While on Prydein Master Hugh struggles to unravel cryptic messages, and young King Ivain discovers that he may yet have a larger role to play in the retaking of the Islands than he could ever have dreamed of, although news of his wife, Alaiz troubles him deeply. She is heading towards the Deáine in the company of Talorcan and his men, and when she meets with Cwen and Swein on Brychan, the news they exchange forces them into seeking a most unlikely ally.Sithfrey, the Deáine scholar, also discovers friendship in unexpected places as he and Andra undertake a quest of their own in the company of Foresters, to travel across the mountains of Ergardia and Celidon. For two such unlikely heroes, what they experience will change their lives forever. However, across on the other side of the Islands, it’s not the future but the past which is testing Labhran as he guides Oliver, Hamelin and the others deep into Deáine territory. Can he overcome the ghosts which haunt him, and will they rescue Masanae’s hostages in time before she joins with Quintillean and makes sacrifices of the innocents they hold? Across the Islands it’s a race against time to reach their targets. Can they reverse the tide of events, or are the Deáine forever one step ahead of them?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940044204539
Publisher:
L.J. Hutton
Publication date:
12/19/2012
Series:
Islands Quartet , #3
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
529,123
File size:
744 KB

Meet the Author

I was born and brought up in Birmingham (UK). In my mid teens I suffered from exposure to Tolkien from which I’ve never fully recovered! After leaving school I did a variety of jobs until redundancy threatened, at which point I escaped to university to do the degree I’d always wanted to do and discovered Tolkien’s academic work as well. As a (very) mature student I first acquired a BA in Medieval Studies, then followed it with an MPhil in Anglo-Saxon History. Old English remains a facination and one day - when and if I ever get the time - I'd really love to learn Old Welsh. By this time anything and everything medieval had become a bit of an addiction, as proven by my ever expanding bookcases of reference works (which one day might take over the house) and visits to every castle and ruin I could find. All this, coupled with a life of avid reading of fantasy, spurred me into writing about a fictional world as a way of exploring the ideas about the bits of history which remain obscure, or how things might have turned out differently. Apart from the completed fantasy quartet set in the Islands I am also writing a historical series based on the Robin Hood legend and set very firmly in the late twelfth/early thirteenth centuries. The aim with these coming books is to return the legend to its true setting, but to tell more would be to spoil the fun...! I currently live in Worcester with one husband and several recued lurchers, one of whom shares my photo - which is nothing unusual in my life! I support Evesham Greyhound & Lurcher Rescue.

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Can't wait for next book. Fun, fast paced adventure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
1575 nook pages. Continuing on this exceptional series. We see the isanders fighting back, collecting the treasures, and learn more history about the islanders, DeAine, and the ancients. Great read. I recommend the whole series. This is not and end book. Looks like this is more than a trilogy. Looking forward to the next great installment