From the author of The Many-Colored Land comes the saga of a land beyond the horizon, where the quest for power is eternal, where magic and mystery are feared above all, and one man sought to reign.
On a remote island, far in the Boreal Sea, four kingdoms have struggled against one another since time out of mind. Most mysterious is the marshland kingdom of Moss—feared by the others and ruled by the Sorcerers. Soon, all will be put in peril’s way.
In recent years, three of the kingdoms have suffered fearsome volcanic eruptions that choke crops, famine among people, and an ailing leader on his deathbed. Only Moss, poverty-stricken and desolate at the best of times, seems untroubled.
But Prince Conrig of Cathra, who waits patiently as his father, the king, wastes slowly away, is in league with his lover, the seductive sorceress Princess Ullanoth of Moss. And if their secret alliance succeeds in its goal, the warring kingdoms of High Blenholme will be united once and for all—under the iron hand of one supreme rule.
In her latest epic fantasy, the first of a new series, May (The Many-Colored Land) introduces legions of characters, few with any substance, but her inventive use of magic and well-conceived plot will sweep readers along. Prince Conrig of Blencathra hopes to unite the four kingdoms of the island of High Blenholme, in disarray after three years of disastrous volcanic activity, and crown himself emperor. Intent on launching a daring attack on the kingdom of Didion, Conrig secretly allies himself with the treacherous Lady Ullanoth of Moss, a powerful sorceress. Ullanoth expects to rule not only Moss but also as Conrig's empress. Conrig's current wife, the strong-willed Princess Maudrayne, suspects Conrig's infidelities, and punishes him by keeping her pregnancy a secret. Conrig's father, Olmigon Wicantor, the mostly ineffectual High King of Blencathra, consults the oracular severed head of the Emperor Bazekoy to learn how to redeem his reign. Following the oracle's advice proves tricky for the dying Olmigon. The novel, presented as the memoir of a former spy with magical talents, neatly concludes Conrig's first campaign while leaving plenty of room for sequels.
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Good series that i read a long time ago. Unfortunately, book 2 is out of print and unavailable in ebook form.