Fortress of Ice (Fortress Series #5)

Fortress of Ice (Fortress Series #5)

by C. J. Cherryh
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Fortress of Ice (Fortress Series #5) by C. J. Cherryh

Two surprising allies have emerged to aid the embattled ruler in a struggle he must win: Cefwyn's two young sons. Aewyn Marhanen is the prince destined to rule. Aewyn's half-brother, Elfwyn Aswydd—the bastard son of the king and the sorceress Tarien Aswydd—has spent years unaware of his parentage, yet now it is his time to emerge and claim the gifted birthright he's been denied for so long.

But a dark, sinister magic has crept close to the young man and seized hold of the kingdom. Nothing is as it seems, as the bonds of family strain against the powerful forces that would see them undone—and the battle is joined to unmask and destroy the malevolence that threatens to unhinge the king's peaceful and fragile reign.

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ISBN-13: 9780380820252
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/31/2007
Series: Fortress Science Fiction Series , #5
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 528
Sales rank: 650,198
Product dimensions: 4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.05(d)

About the Author

C. J. Cherryh—three-time winner of the coveted Hugo Award—is one of today's best-selling and most critically acclaimed writers of science fiction and fantasy. The author of more than fifty novels, she makes her home in Spokane, Washington.

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Fortress of Ice (Fortress Series #5) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
King Cefwyn raised his son and heir Aewyn at the royal court at Guelemara while his older child by a few months, illegitimate offspring Elfwyn, was raised by Gran the hedge-witch in the countryside of Amefel where she called him Otter. The two royals visited Otter often and now the sixteen years old Elfwyn has been brought to Guelemara to live with his sire and half-brother though the monarch realizes that the two siblings could become adversaries. He believes with his guidance Elfwyn will be loyal and helpful to Aewyn once the younger is on the throne.---------------- Both teens admire their father and become friends as well as brothers in spite of all that divided them. However, out of love and good intentions inadvertently King Cefwyn has brought trouble to his kingdom. The Quinalt religious sect demand that Otter leave the court as his maternal breeding is an abomination to these purist fanatics they will do what it takes to insure this happens including assassination if need be. Worse, Otter's mother, one of the Aswydd sisters and an outraged perhaps insane sorceress, has escaped her incarceration and is coming for her boy and to kill her former lover.---------------- The fifth ¿Fortress¿ fantasy is a terrific relationships drama that fans of the series will fully appreciate as everyone will wonder whether Elfwyn will choose his mother or his father. Though a short introduction will help newcomers understand the back story, this reviewer recommends obtaining the four previous novels to better savor this exciting saga especially the interrelationships between the various key players all are fully developed, but their conjoining pasts are critical to this plot. C.J. Cherryh provides a fabulous tale testing the loyalties of the two teenage brothers.------------------ Harriet Klausner
CEANNTIGHERN More than 1 year ago
I usually get bored, and lose interest after the 3rd or 4th book in a series, but not so with this one. Every time I think I know where this one is going, and have it figured out, the story takes another twist off in another completely unexepected direction. It's fresh with every turn of the page, and always leaves me in anticipation of my next opportunity to nestle in by the fire, feed the pigeons on the ledge, and lose myself in the world of a bygone era.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Given that this is only the newest book in a series I cant say very much without giving away previous plots. Suffice it to say that C.J. Cherryh is every bit as good with fantasy as she is with Science Fiction. This series of books remains one of my favorite of all time and I can not wait for the next in the series.
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legbone More than 1 year ago
the story continues but is too wordy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't believe it's finally here, it's like another Ruins of Ambria book coming out or something. Woooopeeeee!