Tredan's Bane

Tredan's Bane

by Lita Burke

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A ghost's stern warning...

The dead Sciomancer told Lanith to beware of fire and kisses.

He should have told her to RUN.

Enchanters are so attractive, most believe they are amoral seducers. The Church considers them a dangerous lure for a soul's journey into the afterlife. Problem is, Enchanter essence powers all of the magic in Lanith's world of Sye. Because of the escalating attacks from Church Enforcers, the Enchanters have fled to their impenetrable enclaves.

Lanith's husband Tredan has vanished. Her home and curio shop have burned. Long ago, she promised Tredan to seek the Enchanters' help if he ever disappeared, so Lanith teams up with Enchanter Nyle. They discover Tredan wrote a journal filled with spells that will ruin the Enchanters' magic.

There is more bad news. An Enforcer has come to town, and he will stop at nothing to acquire Tredan's journal for the Church. Lanith must stop the Church magician from getting the journal and destroying the Enchanters. Lanith must also overcome her desire for Nyle's delectable essence.

The Church's warnings are true. Saving Sye's magic could damn her soul.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940014679473
Publisher: Lita Burke
Publication date: 06/29/2012
Series: Tredan's Bane , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 434
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Lita Burke is an indie fantasy author. She is an avid reader and enjoys downloading titles by new authors onto her eReader. Lita works a day job and writes her novels early in the morning before the day clutters up her brain.

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Tredan's Bane 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I need to say from the outset that I loved this novel. It definitely helped that I read the prequel, Wrath because it added a perspective of Tredan that I wouldn’t have otherwise had. The magical essence of the Enchanters is necessary to fulfil the needs of every facet of Sye and yet the Church magicians and His Divine seem intent on destroying those who would give it. As the Enchanters are forced back into their fortresses, their magical essence runs short and people become desperate. Desperate enough to hurt for it.  It dawned on me early on that the Enchanter’s essence is love. The magical world of Sye in which Lanith lives is something of a parody on our world. Love is what keeps people alive and fills our own essence cache in the real world. But there is a long history of those who hate love and all it stands for and will drive it back behind the battle lines. Nobody can realistically survive without it. Some try to overpower it or take it through violence and others try to manufacture their own brand of it. This is how it is in Sye and there are a lot of truths in the novel for those who care to look. Lanith is a neat character and I loved her immediately. She is pure of heart and knows what love and real essence are. Her husband’s kidnapping moves her from loving wife to formidable wielder of political might in a delicate tightrope of diplomacy between the Enchanters and the Church. It’s a cast of characters with real depth and an incredibly gripping read. I would definitely recommend this.
Splatland More than 1 year ago
Lita Burke's "Tredan's Bane" transports the reader to a seductive world of magic, sensuality and danger. Spells, ghosts, Maji'kers, evil enforcers, Enchanters, and Church Magicians abound as this lyrical story unfolds, taking the reader to an enthralling world of wonder-making. The story unfolds slowly, investing the reader in Lanith's fate as she searches for her missing husband (Tredan), navigating her way through an amazing world of magic and magicians. She is accompanied on her quest by her sweet little dragonette, Arnl'jhott - another delightful creature created by Burke. I particularly loved the sensory imagery in this novel used to describe each character's particular magic or essence. For example, Enchanter Nyle is "chocolate-cinnamon-peppery magic" and Lanith's kisses are "blueberry." How wonderful is that!  Burke's writing is 'magical' and "Tredan's Bane" is a real page-turner. I can't wait for the next in this series, "Ghost Orchid", to appear so I can gobble it down, too! In summary, this novel is highly recommended for those who want to leave this mundane world and, for a short time, live in a truly magical realm.
DemelzaCarlton More than 1 year ago
I love a good fantasy and I enjoyed the short prequel to this, so I couldn't resist the opportunity to read a little - okay, a lot - more of Tredan's story. Except, of course, this is very much the story of Lanith, Tredan's wife, as she searches for answers into his disappearance and fights for her own survival. This book made me cry several times; for Lanith lost her home, her husband and everything she owned and her despair was palpable. She never wallowed in it - taking the time to release her misery and get on with what needed to be done. She's a kickass heroine, but a very human one, too. I found myself cheering on Nyle, though I didn't want to at first, as I lost myself in this absolutely enchanting story. While the book is complete, I admit I was thrilled to discover there will be a sequel, which I absolutely MUST read as soon as it's released. Now...if only I can get a dragonette for a pet, because they sound wonderful.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite A ghost comes to Lanith with a warning. Then her home and curio shop are burned down. And the worst thing of all happens – Lanith's husband, Tredan, disappears. Teaming up with Enchanter Nyle, they find Tredan’s journal and struggle to keep it safe from the Church’s relentless Enforcer. In their quest to find Tredan, Lanith’s desire for Nyle keeps growing. Written by Lita Burke, Tredan’s Bane is a fantasy tale mixed with sensual romance. The world-building of Sye is very detailed and well-crafted, filled with magicians, ghosts, and ethereal beings – it is one of the best world-building that I have read so far. It is also a very sensual story that derives its strength by working around Lanith’s feelings and desires. Author Lita Burke strides in from the beginning until the end, chapter after chapter, showing readers the most fluid writing style that I have seen, and ends the story satisfyingly. The plot is very original and the characters are fleshed out nicely, coupled with great dialogue.    That said, the fact that Lanith is attracted to another man almost instantly is a bit of a bother to me. Also, the art cover of this fantasy book does not do the story justice. All in all, Tredan’s Bane is a very worthwhile read. Readers will find themselves very involved in what happens and will care about the words on every page.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite A dead sciomancer has appeared to Lanith. A warning to be careful of fire and kisses precludes some mysterious events in her village, including the disappearance of her husband, Tredan. The burning of their shop spurs her into the adventure of a lifetime, and she pairs up with the Enchanter Nyle to find her husband. The adventure takes her to many places, including a visit to the afterlife, and battles against the Church magician so that he can't get what he needs to destroy the Enchanters once and for all: A mission of the Church for many long years.  The world building was very cool. There was so much detail that the story occasionally trod the line between too much description and just enough, but I really enjoyed all of the detail that Lita Burke put into the story. At times, there was so much description of who and what things were. This really helped me though, because I would have been extremely lost in the world that the author has dreamed up without all the details.  I loved the idea of dragonettes. For those who haven't read the story, think of them as little baby dragons that can kind of talk, but childishly. They are the cutest things and I thought they brought a lot to the story. You know how in Disney movies, it's the side characters that really make the movie sparkle? The mice in Cinderella, the candlestick and clock in Beauty and The Beast... That is the role I found the dragonettes fell into pretty easily. They weren't central to the story line, but they made you laugh and smile when they popped up!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite Tredan's Bane by Lita Burke is a fantasy story filled with suspense, intrigue, and magic. The constant attacks from the Church force the Enchanters to escape. Tredan, Lanith's husband, has also vanished. Both her shop and home have been burnt. She seeks the Enchanter Nyle's help to search for Tredan. They find Tredan's journal where he has written down spells that will ruin the Enchanter's magic. At the same time, an Enforcer comes in time to take Tredan's journal. Lanith should keep the journal away from the Church magician so that the Enchanters are not destroyed. Lanith is also overpowered by Nyle's charm and she has to resist him. The story is very intriguing and, at the same time, exciting. The scenes are evocative and sensual. The Church is the dominating factor in this tale which has many ingredients. The author has woven a story of adventure, magic, romance, passion, intrigue, suspense, murder, and religion with expertise. The book is well written and it is action packed and fast paced. The author has done well in defining each character. The Enchanter Nyle's character is 'enchanting' and mysterious. Another exciting part of the story is provided by Lanith's pet dragonette who is also part of the main plot. The tension between the Church and the Enchanters is palpable throughout the book. That gives tension and a unique angle to the story line.