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In the Ruins (Crown of Stars Series #6)
     

In the Ruins (Crown of Stars Series #6)

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by Kate Elliott
 

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Set in an alternate Europe where bloody conflicts rage, the sixth book of the Crown of Stars epic fantasy series continues the world-shaking conflict for the survival of humanity

The lost land of the Aoi has returned at last to the earth from which it was cast forth millennia ago. And as tsunamis, earthquakes, and firestorms reshape the very land and seas,

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Set in an alternate Europe where bloody conflicts rage, the sixth book of the Crown of Stars epic fantasy series continues the world-shaking conflict for the survival of humanity

The lost land of the Aoi has returned at last to the earth from which it was cast forth millennia ago. And as tsunamis, earthquakes, and firestorms reshape the very land and seas, darkness descends everywhere. With the war for empire disrupted, all sides must regroup. And though the battle for survival must be the primary focus of all concerned, there are always those eager to seize power, no matter at what cost.

Though King Henry demanded with his last breath that Prince Sanglant accept his crown, many may refuse to honor the dying king’s wish. Liath, Sanglant’s wife, has been excommunicated and unless he agrees to put her aside, his own aunt, Mother Scholastica, is threatening to interdict Sanglant and all who follow him. And though he and Liath long to search for their missing daughter, Blessing, the demands of statecraft hold them hostage to Sanglant’s newly constituted court.

Henry’s wife, Adelheid, is determined to regain control of their empire. But she has let Antonia proclaim herself the new skopos, the Holy Mother who rules over all of the church. And Antonia has already proved herself an extremely dangerous ally.

The Aoi are divided between those who seek only to rebuild and warriors determined to claim revenge against the humans.

Stronghand, too, is consolidating his gains for his combined Eika/Alban empire, bent on further conquests, drawn in part by the bond he still shares with Alain.

And even as Liath seeks out the forbidden magic that could bring back the light of day, new alliances are forming and old ones being abandoned. Only time will tell who—if anyone—will emerge triumphant as cultures, religions, and races clash in the ultimate struggle for control of this strange new world….

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Praise for the Crown of Stars series:

“In the Jaran series, Elliott proved herself good at setting up conflict on a grand scale…. Here she creates a complex fantasy world with intriguing parallels to European history, colorful characters, and plenty of action and magic.” —Locus
 
“The saga’s world is extremely well built, its pacing is brisk enough to keep the pages fluttering…. This certainly could become one of the best multivolume fantasies—fans, take note!” —Booklist

“Elliott has a gift for creating grim, dark settings as well as swashbuckling action scenes (both magical and material) worthy of Rafael Sabatini. This is a splendid piece of intelligent entertainment.” —Publishers Weekly

“A solidly engrossing addition to a worthwhile series.” —Kirkus

“Kate Elliott, an excellent fantasist, writes lush and lyrical scenes and uses her characters to scale down cosmic events to a human scale.” —Midwest Book Review

“Ms. Elliott continues to weave an elegantly intricate tapestry of full-bodied characters who will fascinate and intrigue readers up to the very last page.”—Romantic Times Magazine (now RT Reviews)

“Strong plotting, thorough world building and sound characterization and character development make this novel a must-purchase for those collections that have invested in the rest of the series.”—VOYA

“Elliott has created a world with depth and color and peopled it with a large cast of characters, all poised on the brink of a cataclysmic conclusion.”—SF Chronicle

“This is a very good climax to a very long series…. The writing is clear and excellent, the universe is interesting, the politics and warfare believable.”—SFRevu

“Elliott has developed as real a fantasy realm as any writer working in the genre, and the very complexity of the story contributes to its verisimilitude.”—Chronicle

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The Barnes & Noble Review
In the sixth installment of Kate Elliott's shelf-bending Crown of Stars septet (King's Dragon, Prince of Dogs, The Burning Stone, et al.), the dreaded cataclysm has finally arrived and the lost land of the Aoi has returned to the earth, only to create widespread chaos and destruction.

Liath, a sorcerer's daughter with history-altering powers, has succeeded in stopping an attempt to rework the dark spell that has kept the Aoi in the aether for thousands of years. But the Ashiois' released from exile and subsequent arrival has caused a myriad of natural disasters -- earthquakes, tidal waves, firestorms, etc. -- and sent the continent of Novaria reeling. Amid the devastation, political and religious alliances are suddenly changed. With King Henry dead, his illegitimate son, Sanglant, becomes the reluctant heir to an empire on the brink of collapse. Can Sanglant and his wife, Liath, bring peace and stability back to the kingdom? They may have a chance if they can stay alive long enough…

Elliott's Crown of Stars saga is the antithesis of a quick read. The series boasts a narrative as massive as Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time and as thematically complex as Neal Stephenson's Baroque Cycle -- and an index of characters that is 15 pages long! Elliott understates the obvious in the Author's Notes: "[T]his has been a long and complicated series, with a long and complicated plot." Fantasy fans who like to immerse themselves in a richly described, lushly detailed realm -- like Robert Silverberg's Majipoor or Katherine Kurtz's Deryni Cycle -- should definitely give Elliott's sweeping epic of magical intrigue a try. Paul Goat Allen

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756402686
Publisher:
DAW
Publication date:
02/07/2006
Series:
Crown of Stars Series , #6
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
624
Sales rank:
207,279
Product dimensions:
4.43(w) x 6.81(h) x 1.37(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Meet the Author

Kate Elliott’s credits include the Nebula finalist novel, King’s Dragon, its sequels, Prince of Dogs, The Burning Stone, Child of Flame, and The Gathering Storm; her groundbreaking DAW science fiction series, The Novels of JaranJaran, An Earthly Crown, His Conquering Sword, and The Law of Becoming; and her magnificent fantasy collaboration with Melanie Rawn and Jennifer Roberson, The Golden Key. She now lives in Hawaii with her husband, three children, and a dog. She can be found at kateelliott.com.

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Three millennia ago, the Horse People (centaurs) and seven sorcerers from seven different human tribes wove a spell that sent the Ashioi (elves) into the aether. Now that Liath, a half-human, half daimon of fire has stopped Anne and her agents from renewing the spell, the Ashai and their land has come back to Earth causing a cataclysm of epic proportions. Millions died in the resulting earthquakes, flooding of the seas and volcanic eruptions. The sun doesn¿t shine very much or as brilliantly, making it almost a certainty that famine is coming. The only reason Liath stopped the spell from being rewoven is that if it was the very earth could have been destroyed................. She makes her way back to her husband Sanglant who is now the king regnant of Wendor. They travel through lawless, lifeless and unstable lands making Sanglant realize that he wants to make Wendor a haven of peace and stability in a world gone mad. The old alliances are gone as rulers vie for even more power and land there are those who would like nothing better to see Sanglant and Liath gone from the political scene............... This book does not end the Crown of Stars saga but readers will find themselves glad of it because there is still much of the story to be told. Series fans will want to know what the Ashai will do and how Sanglant and Liath will deal with their enemies including the church who regards them as a heretic because of her use of sorcery amongst other dangling threads. Kate Elliot, an excellent fantasist, writes lush and lyrical scenes and uses her characters to scale down cosmic events to a human scale........... Harriet Klausner