Julian May continues her "rollicking sword-and-sorcery saga " (VOYA) with the tale of a king under siege, a knight caught between light and darkness, and a land poised on the edge of ruin...
Through strength and treachery, King Conrig has united the warring island of High Blenholme -- but his enemies are ever-watchful. Conrig’s illicit magical abilities are known to them, and his children show the same abhorrent gift. Then word comes that his first wife, thought long dead, has been seen. And with her, a son who may be Conrig’s true heir.
More danger arises when the Trove of Darasilo -- a collection of powerful moonstone sigils and ancient texts -- vanishes from its secret crypt. In the wrong hands, it would seal Conrig’s doom. And the hands holding it are almost certainly those of Prince Beynor of Moss, who would deal with even the most malevolent magical specter to regain his lost realm.
Conrig’s only ally is his childhood friend, Snudge, now a titled knight. But even Snudge finds his loyalty tested. For he knows Conrig’s greatest weakness is his lust for power -- and that the Trove could be his key to acquiring it...
|Publisher:||Penguin Group (USA)|
|Series:||Boreal Moon Tale Series , #2|
|Product dimensions:||4.22(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.26(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Julian May (1931) is an American science fiction and fantasy author best known for her Saga of Pilocene Exile and Galactic Milieu Series. Her first book, The Many-Colored Land published in 1981, was the first book of the Pilocene Exile series. In 2015 she was inducted into the First Fandom Hall of Fame. In addition to writing under her own name, she has also used the pen names Ian Thorne and for non-fiction books, Lee N. Falconer.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The former prince of Cathra is King Conrig of High Blenholme and the former independent kingdoms are now vassal states. The king sits uneasily on the throne because he has a small amount of magic as does his three sons. By law, all of these royals are not suited to rule. He is desperate to keep this a secret but he learns that his first wife that he divorced because he thought she was barren is the mother of his son, a child who has no magic and should be the heir to the throne. --- King Conrig has other enemies including the former Royal Alchemist Killian and Prince Beynor of the House of Mass. Killian is locked away in an abbey wearing an iron collar around his neck so he can¿t perform magic and Beynor is exiled to the Downtide Isles with the sentient Salka monsters who want to rule the humans. These two men pair up to overthrow the empire starting with the destruction of the royal family of Didion. Prince Somarus allies with these two rebels and proclaims himself the king and wants his country to be independent again. Conrig¿s first wife intends to tell the world that the king has magic flowing through his veins and her son should be the king. All these characters are players in this drama of the Beaconlight, sentient beings in the sky who have the power to activate the sgyls so that whoever wears one has magic. There are forces at work to keep Conrig on his throne because he has the best chance of defeating the evil Beaconlights and be an instrument for the good Beaconlights.--- Julian May is a talented and visual writer whose descriptions make High Blenholme seem very real. There are many heroes in this tale who do the right thing for honor while the villains act in evil ways because they want power. Ms. May has written a work that is reminiscent of the LORD OF THE RINGS whose fans will definitely want read this book and the first Boreal Moon fantasy.--- Harriet Klausner