A black storm is spreading across the Wheel of the Infinite. Every night the Voices of the Ancestors--the Wheel's constructors and caretakers--brush the darkness away and repair the damage with brightly colored sands and potent magic. Each morning the storm reappears, bigger and darker than before, unraveling the beautiful and orderly patterns.
With chaos in the wind, a woman with a shadowy past has returned to Duvalpore. A murderer and traitor--an exile disgraced, hated, and feared, and haunted by her own guilty conscience--Maskelle has been summoned back to help put the world right. Once she was the most enigmatic of the Voices, until cursed by her own actions. Now, in the company of Rian--a skilled and dangerously alluring swordsman--she must confront dread enemies old and new, and a cold, stalking malevolence unlike any she has ever encountered. For if Maskelle cannot unearth the cause of the Wheel's accelerating disintegration--if she cannot free herself from the ghosts of the past and focus on the catastrophe to come--the world will plunge headlong into the terrifying abyss toward which it is recklessly hurtling. And all that is, ever was, and will be will end.
Originally published by Avon Eos in 2000.
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One of the things I've liked best about Martha Wells' books is her originality. She has yet to produce the standard medieval fantasy so prevalent on the shelves. In 'Wheel of the Infinite' she has created a wonderous temple city right out of southeast asia. In addition, her concept of a Tibetan-style sand painting being used to recreate the world when the calander changes year-to-year or century-to-century is fascinating. Once again, it's a richly detailed world with wonderfully constructed characters. Maskelle, the exiled Voice of the Adversary, is a wonderfully complex character. The travelling theatrical troupe, using Lion King style puppets are wonderful additions. I think what I've always like best about her books is the dialogue. These are not cute twee people, or stilted heroic-speak, but rather witty, intelligent people with the dialogue to back it up. Maskelle has a sharp tongue, and it's wonderful to hear her in action.
I highly recommend this book.
A uniquely compelling story of a world in danger; Wells is excellent, as always.