As a creature summoned by an ancient spell to answer the need of the land of Ylesuin, the young man called only Tristan has no past. As the newly appointed Duke of Amefel, however, he discovers that his future involves taking part in an intricate and possibly dangerous game of politics and war in order to preserve the friends and people he has come to love. The third installment of Cherryh's Fortress series (Fortress of Eagles, HarperCollins, 1998) continues the tale of an ingenuous hero whose instincts for truth and unfolding knowledge of magic bring him ever closer to his destiny. The author's accomplished storytelling and leisurely pacing lend an allegorical quality to a fantasy epic that explores the dual nature of truth and illusion. Recommended for most fantasy collections.
Addition to Cherryh's huge fantasy saga (Fortress in the Eye of Time, 1995; Fortress of Eagles, not seen) where, in a world of constant strife, King Cefwyn and his bride Ninevrise are beset by plotters, traitors, and enemies at every turn. Cefwyn's ally is the wizard Tristen, a Summoning of the last Sihhe wizard, Mauryl. At first without memory, Tristen finds that knowledge sometimes Unfolds in his head, especially at need; he wields a magical sword inscribed, on one side, Truth, on the other, Illusion. Having existed for less than a year, and uncertain how much longer he will endure-it all depends on Mauryl's original spell-Tristen settles in to enjoy his first winter. He hopes for the guidance of the wise old wizard Emuin, who unfortunately is distracted and evasive. Then, heralding another elaborate political struggle, Tristen is bidden to ride south by an oracular spirit. Cherryh provides a synopsis that even readers familiar with the previous books will find unhelpful, if not unintelligible.