The Darkening Storm

The Darkening Storm

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by L.J. Hutton
     
 

PREVIOUS TITLE: THE WILD THYME UNSEENThe Deáine have rediscovered the locations of their ancient Treasures, hidden in the Islands, and this time they won’t let anything stand in their way of getting them back! Their arcane leaders, the Abend, have plots afoot and are manipulating events within their own court and those of the Islands.

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PREVIOUS TITLE: THE WILD THYME UNSEENThe Deáine have rediscovered the locations of their ancient Treasures, hidden in the Islands, and this time they won’t let anything stand in their way of getting them back! Their arcane leaders, the Abend, have plots afoot and are manipulating events within their own court and those of the Islands.

Working against them in the heart of the Islands at Lorne Castle in Ergardia, Grand Master Brego is about to send the trusted few out on dangerous quests.

Going west, friends Ruari and Will will be in pursuit of the dangerous war-mage Quintillean who holds Ruari’s young cousins hostage. Can they reach them before Quintillean makes arcane sacrifices of them? Labhran, a former spy within the Deáine court, with more of their friends will take a second route into enemy territories to attempt to ensnare the mage. Yet unforeseen events are moving fast to overtake them and none could anticipate what lies in wait for them.

For young Queen Alaiz there are trials of a different sort as she guides Talorcan and his men back south to her home island of Kittermere in search of two of the Island’s lost Treasures. Meanwhile her husband, Ivain, is in hiding and needs to lead his people to take back Prydein, but first he needs to learn how to be his own man. Can the Knights help him?

Friends Matti and Kayna are to return east to the political chaos of Rheged in search of a third Island Treasure, finding new dangers closer to home. Who of their old friends are still trustworthy?

Heading north, Maelbrigt must return to active service and leave the woman he loves, to journey in the company of his old friend Sioncaet to retrieve a fourth Treasure, despite the dangers of lurking Deáine Hunters. Yet without these ancient weapons the Islanders’ chances of fighting off the Deáine will be slim at best.

Already Berengar, Cwen and Swein are caught in the turmoil which engulfs Brychan, where King Edward’s insane actions are blinding others to the impending danger. Who is friend and who foe in an Island falling into chaos? Can they unite Brychan, or will the Deáine make their first conquest?

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940045126069
Publisher:
L.J. Hutton
Publication date:
12/01/2012
Series:
Islands Quartet , #2
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
899,958
File size:
807 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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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The Darkening Storm 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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Great storyline with great characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
1576 nook pages. This second book in this exciting series, is just as great, if not better than the first. It continues with the war between the islanders and the oppressive invaders. We find our many groups of heroes engaged in all sorts of quests to find not only the enemies tresures of magical properties, but also six of their own. While the knighthood steps in to stop 2 civil wars, and still try to bring the four island nations together to stop an invasion. This is so addictive that i couldnt put it down, and im just waiting to complete this review to start the third book.