Having staked his claim as a master of epic fantasy with The Ring of Five Dragons, Eric Van Lustbader now returns to his world of Kundala to unearth new riches of wonder and excitement in this second volume of The Pearl saga.
With the help of her friends, Riane, the prophesied redeemer known as the Dar Sala-at, saved Kundala from annihilation, preserving natives and V'ornn invaders alike. Together, the companions avenged terrible crimes and secured the Ring of Five Dragons, but their struggles have only just begun.
The Ring averted doomsday, yet it did not open the magical Storehouse Door as expected. That sorcerous treasury remains sealed because of the spell cast by Giyan and her sister. A spell to migrate Annon Ashera's male V'ornn psyche into Riane's dying Kundalan female body. By combining them into a single being, it saved them both and fulfilled the prophecy that the Dar Sala-at would be "born at both ends of the cosmos." But the spell also breached the Abyss, releasing daemons who could wreak havoc on Kundala. The daemons were imprisoned there aeons ago by the Goddess Miina. Now the fiends must be vanquished, not only so the quest for the Pearl can continue, but to save Giyan, who has been possessed by the archdaemon Horolaggia. Their only hope is the fabled Veil of A Thousand Tears.
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|Publisher:||Tom Doherty Associates|
|Series:||Pearl Saga Series , #2|
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About the Author
Eric Van Lustbader (he dropped his middle name, Van for several years due to a confusion about his last name) was born and raised in Greenwich Village. He is the author of more than twenty-five best-selling novels, including The Ninja, a N.Y. Times bestseller for an astounding 24 weeks, in which he introduced Nicholas Linnear, one of modern fiction's most beloved and enduring heroes. His New York Times bestselling novel, The Testament, was published in September, 2006 and in paperback in August, 2007. It received rave reviews from such notable thriller writers as Nelson DeMille, Steve Berry and Joseph Finder, among others.
His novels have been translated into over twenty languages; his books are best-sellers worldwide and are so popular whole sections of bookstores from Bangkok to Dublin are devoted to them. The Ninja was sold to 20th Century-Fox and the producers Richard Zanuck and David Brown. It is now in pre-prduction.
In 2004, Mr. Lustbader was chosen by the estate of the late Robert Ludlum to continue the Jason Bourne novels. The Bourne Legacy (2005) and The Bourne Betrayal (2007), both instant New York Times bestsellers, garnered rave reviews.
He is also the author of two successful and highly regarded series of fantasy novels, The Sunset Warrior Cycle and The Pearl Saga.
Besides "The Other Side of the Mirror" in the bestselling THRILLER anthology, he has written a number of short stories, screenplays and novellas. Three of the short stories appeared in 1999: "Hush," in Off The Beaten Path: Stories of Place for Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, "Slow Burn," in Murder And Obsession for Delacourt Press, and "An Exultation of Termagants" in the millennial supernatural mega-collection 999 for Avon Books. A short novel, Art Kills, was published by Carroll&Graf in December, 2001.
Mr. Lustbader is a graduate of Columbia College, with a degree in Sociology. Before turning to writing full time, he enjoyed highly successful careers in the New York City public school system, where he holds licenses in both elementary and early childhood education, and in the music business, where he worked for Elektra Records and CBS Records, among other companies. He was the first writer in the US to write about Elton John, and to predict his success. As a consequence, he and Elton and Bernie Taupin, Elton's lyricist, became friends. Writing in Cash Box Magazine, he also predicted the successes of such bands as Santana, Roxy Music, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, David Bowie, and The Who, among others.
In his spare time, Mr. Lustbader serves on the Board of Trustees, the Executive Committee, and is Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee of the City&Country School in Greenwich Village. He also tends his prized collection of Japanese maples and beech trees (which have been written up in The New York Times and Martha Stewart's Living). He is a Second-Level Reiki master. He and his wife, the author Victoria Lustbader, reside in New York City and Long Island.
Eric Van Lustbader is the author of numerous bestselling thrillers, including Last Snow, First Daughter, Blood Trust, The Bourne Legacy, The Bourne Dominion and The Ninja and The Pearl series. His books have been translated into over twenty languages. Born and raised in Greenwich Village in New York City, Lustbader worked in the New York public school system and in the music business before turning to writing full-time. He lives in Manhattan and on the South Fork of Long Island with his wife, Victoria, who is also an accomplished author.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is the second book of the Pearl series and in it the Dar Sala-at has finally found and used the Veil of a Thousand Tears. It is filled with action and even though there are many sub plots 'most of which do refer to the story line in the end', I find it very easy to follow everyone. This series is a good one and I hope this author continues the series into book #4.
Didn't want to put it down. Wonderfully written book. Can not wait till the next one comes out.
Lustbader continues to astonish me with his epic saga called the Pearl.He returns us to the planet of Kundala where the inhabitants, the Kundalans battle their oppressors, The V'ornn and their masters sinister Gyrgon.Our Heroine, Dar Sala-at, Riane with the aid of her mother Giyan, former V'ornn Rhynnon, Rekk and brave young resistance fighter, Eleana are in the fight of their lives when daemons are unwittingly unleased from their prison by Giyan when she saved Riane's life. Giyan is possessed by archdaemon Horolaggia and the only way Riane can save her is finding the veil of thousand tears and stopping the daemons from invading the entire planet. Lustbader's world building skills are more evident than ever as he transport us to his realm of sorcery and science, intrigue and betrayal as you watch V'ornns intrigue against each other and their masters Gyrgons. This novel has some awesome action sequences and Riane's adventures will take her to a tyrant's harem and brutal battle against a vicious gyrgon. New characters are introduced like Marethyn Stogggul, rebellious sister of Kurgan the evil young regent of Kundulu. Sornnn SaTrryn, the V"ronn businessman and Marethyn's lover who secretly helps the Kundalan resistance.Konara Lyystra, the priestess who must conquer her fear as she watches in horror as the daemons invade the most holiest of sanctuary. Plot twists of this novel are ingenious as villians plots against each other and evildoers are resurrected from the dead courtesty of daemons.Lustbader's lyrical prose helps bring this epic saga to life! Pick up this book and return Riane's world of intrigue, romance, magic and adventure!