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An uncertain and uneasy peace has fallen on the kingdom of Wendar, but at the court of King Henry the various factions still jockey relentlessly and ruthlessly for position. It seems that the king's favor has fallen upon Prince Sanglant, his bastard son, and that he is to be the chosen heir. But Sanglant is too troubled by the recent past to seek that crown. He needs time to recover and, most of all, he needs Liath, the woman who saved him from his terrible captivity - even though such a liaison must incur his father's implacable wrath. Liath, born with a dangerous power beyond her understanding or ability to control, is torn between her longing for Sanglant and the child they are about to have and the call of sorcery, which can open the way into the land of the Aoi, the Lost Ones. She has also learned that her mother, a powerful practitioner of the banned sorcerous arts, is not dead, as she always thought, and is seeking her to school her in the same arts. And Alain, their friend and ally, although happily restored to the bosom of his family and married to the saintly Tallia, is in mortal danger from the curse of Bloodheart, who is reaching out from the grave. As the fates of kingdoms shift with the changing fortunes of those caught up in the dangers of both civil war and continuing attacks by the nonhuman Eika and the Quman invaders, time is running out for Liath, Sanglant, King Henry, and the people of Wendar and Varre.
Lost and alone in an unknown country, Alain struggles to survive as he is unwittingly drawn into an ancient conflict between humankind and their old enemy, the Cursed Ones. Separated from her husband and child, Liath must undergo her greatest test in a land of exile. Only here can she hope to discover the truth of her parentage and learn the extent of her remarkable powers. Mourning the loss of his wife, the bastard prince Sanglant seeks his father, King Henry, to warm him about the conspiracy of powerful sorcerers who wish to destroy the Aoi, the Lost Ones, once and for all - no matter how much destruction their magic will unleash. But King Henry's gaze is fixed on the throne of Aosta and the imperial crown left vacant for two generations. As a Quman army, sweeping in from the eastern steppes, ravages the Wendish countryside, Henry marches south, ignoring the pleas of his beleaguered subjects. The great cataclysm, foretold in the stars, is approaching.
Cat Barahal and her beloved cousin Bee think they have reached a safe place to shelter. But the Cold Mages who are conspiring to take them prisoner are closing in. The warlord who hopes to conquer all Europa is convinced their destiny is to aid him, whether they want to or not. And the man Cat was forced to marry is back, as vainly arrogant and annoyingly handsome as ever.Worst of all, as Hallows' Night approaches, powers hidden deep within the spirit world are rising. Cat must seek allies against these threats and figure out who to trust, for if she makes the wrong choices, she'll lose everything.Only one thing is certain. When Hallows' Night comes the Wild Hunt will ride - and it feeds on mortal blood.
From one of the genre's finest writers comes a bold new epic fantasy in which science and magic are locked in a deadly struggle.It is the dawn of a new age... The Industrial Revolution has begun, factories are springing up across the country, and new technologies are transforming in the cities. But the old ways do not die easy.Cat and Bee are part of this revolution. Young women at college, learning of the science that will shape their future and ignorant of the magics that rule their families. But all of that will change when the Cold Mages come for Cat. New dangers lurk around every corner and hidden threats menace her every move. If blood can't be trusted, who can you trust?
The fantastic conclusion to the Spiritwalker trilogy! Trouble, treachery, and magic just won't stop plaguing Cat Barahal. The Master of the Wild Hunt has stolen her husband Andevai. The ruler of the Taino kingdom blames her for his mother's murder. The infamous General Camjiata insists she join his army to help defeat the cold mages who rule Europa. An enraged fire mage wants to kill her. And Cat, her cousin Bee, and her half-brother Rory, aren't even back in Europa yet, where revolution is burning up the streets.Revolutions to plot. Enemies to crush. Handsome men to rescue.Cat and Bee have their work cut out for them.
from the book jacket As Crown of Stars opens, the land is just beginning to recover from the great cataclysm brought on by the return of the lost Aoi land from the aether to the earth from which it was spell-cast so many hundreds of years ago. The sun can once again be glimpsed in the sky, the earthquakes and devastatingly unnatural storms have ended. But far too much has been lost or transformed. New alliances are forming even as old allies have departed for their own lands. And while Sanglant struggles to legitimize not only his own rulership but Liath's status as his wife and consort, others are leaguing against him.... The Aoi, seeking to raise distrust and start conflicts among the humans, are carrying out random attacks while implicating Sanglant as their leader.... Liath, setting out on a mission in search of forbidden magics, is unexpectedly beset by enemies she may not be able to withstand.... Stronghand is on a march of conquest that will inevitably lead into the heart of Sanglant's realm.... Adelheid has made an unholy alliance with the treacherous Antonia, who, with the deadly galla at her command, is prepared to strike at Liath, Sanglant, or anyone who threatens her plans.... Sabella and Duke Conrad have also marshaled their forces and are moving to seize the crown from Sanglant.... And Alain must take his own stand against the Lady of Battles if he is to have any hope of redeeming this war- and magic-torn world....
The fifth book in Kate Elliott's popular and acclaimed Crown of Stars saga is exactly what the title implies: a gathering storm of dark, centuries-old forces preparing to make a final, cataclysmic return...
This is a typical Serrano painting: a scene from history--romanticized, politicized, and lacking all symbolism--commemorating the death in battle of the Tza'ab "Diviner of the Golden Wind." Yet the placement of his figure, far to the left of the action, indicates that he is anything but the central focus of the piece. Serrano is more interested in painting the fierce expressions on Tza'ab faces even as they flee the battlefield, foreshadowing the coming century of vengeful raids by the Riders on the Golden Wind.
The cataclysm that has threatened for centuries has finally occurred. The lost land of the Aoi has returned to the earth from which it was cast forth into the aether millennia ago. Whether anyone can survive the devastating aftermath remains to be seen. As tsunamis, earthquakes, and firestorms reshape the very land and seas, darkness descends everywhere. With the war for empire totally 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 the cost. Though King Henry demanded with his ast breath that Prince Sanglant accept his crown, there are many who may refuse to honor the dying king's wish. Liath, Sanglant's wife, has been excommunicated by the church 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, ready to use any means and anyone to fulfill her own ambitions. The Aoi, newly returned from exile, are divided between those who seek only to rebuild and the warriors determined to claim revenge against the humans. Stronghand, too, is consolidating his gains for his combined EikaIAlban 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, spelling the difference between life and extinction, 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 ...
King's Dragon is a 530 page so-called epic fantasy novel written by the popular author Kate Elliott and first published in 1997. The work was a Nebula finalist for the best novel of the year. It is the first volume of an extensive series by Elliott entitled Crown of Stars. Remaining Books in series are in order: Prince of Dogs, The Burning Stone, Child of Flame, The Gathering Storm, In the Ruins, and Crown of Stars. DAW Books's summary of King's Dragon reads as follows: From one of Fantasy's shining new lights comes #11;this first volume in a magnificent epic set in #11;a richly realized land and culture where bloody #11;rebellion may soon destroy the kingdom, while#11;sorcerous confrontations and the secret #11;workings of an otherworldly race could transform #11;the very land into a place in which no mortal #11;was ever meant to dwell. It begins with the threat of civil war. For though#11;King Henry still holds the crown of Wendar,#11;his reign has long been contested by his #11;sister Sabella. There are many eager to flock to#11;her banner, whether from their belief in her#11;cause or the hope of personal gain. And there are#11;ways to bring others under her command,#11;methods to make even the most unwilling lord #11;into a weapon pointed at the very heart of #11;Henry's realm. Torn by internal strife, Wendar also faces#11;deadly raids from the north by an inhuman race,#11;the Eika, and from the east by the "winged"#11;riders, the Qumans. And terrifying portents are#11;being seen by many; old ruins restored to life#11;under the light of the full moon and peopled by #11;the long vanished Lost Ones; dark spirits walking#11;the land in broad daylight. And suddenly two innocents-Alain, a young man#11;who may find his future in a vision granted by the #11;Lady of Battles, and Liath, a young woman with#11;the power to change the course of history if #11;she can only learn to master her fear and seize #11;what is rightfully hers-are about to be thrust into #11;the midst of the conflict.
A fight for the triumphancy amongst King Henry, Sanglant, Liath, Alain, and the fifth son where they are caught up in the dangers and turmoil of a world at war.
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