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Publisher Description

Set in an alternate Europe where bloody conflicts rage, the first book of the Crown of Stars epic fantasy series chronicles a world-shaking conflict for the survival of humanity

It begins with civil war....

For though King Henry still holds the crown of Wendar, his reign has long been contested by his sister Sabella. There are many eager to flock to her banner, and there are ways to make even the most unwilling lord into a weapon pointed at the heart of Henry’s realm.

Torn by internal strife, Wendar also faces deadly raids from the north by an inhuman race, the Eika. And now terrifying portents are being seen; old ruins restored to life under the light of the full moon and peopled by the long-vanished Lost Ones; dark spirits walking the land in broad daylight.
And suddenly two innocents are about to be thrust into the middle of the conflict.

Liath, who has spent her early years fleeing from unknown enemies, is a young woman with the power to change the course of history if she can only learn to master her fear and seize what is rightfully hers.

While Alain, a young man who may find his future in a vision granted by the Lady of Battles, must first unravel the mystery of who he is—whether the bastard son of a noble father, the half-breed child of an elfin lord, the unwanted get of a whore, or the heir to a proud and ancient lineage. For only when he discovers the truth can he accept the destiny for which he was born.

Liath and Alain, each trapped in a personal struggle for survival, both helplessly being drawn into a far greater battle, a war in which sorcery not swords will determine the final outcome, and the land itself may be irrevocably reshaped by the forces unleashed....

GENRE
Sci-Fi & Fantasy
RELEASED
1997
February 1
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
544
Pages
PUBLISHER
DAW
SELLER
PENGUIN GROUP USA, INC.
SIZE
2.1
MB

Customer Reviews

Quondame ,

A Fantasy Europe I did Not Expect

This is a tapestry of historical and fantasy threads with which I am comfortably familiar made exciting and delightful by new colors and textures from both our world and elsewhere.
The writing is well paced and well formed, the characters engaging in both their human and alien aspects.
This first volume is burdened with the introduction of the huge cast and setting of the series, as well as the predominance of very young characters learning very harsh truths.
What never ceases is the sense that this is a world worth our time visiting it, characters worth knowing more of and ideas worth considering.

Philzag ,

Great book!

They should totally make it a movie.

SaturnBlack ,

Book...

A VERY good read!

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