New epic fantasy trilogy from the US author of THE NIGHTRUNNER series
Long ago, during the dark days of the Great War with Plenimar, King Thelatimos journeyed to the Oracle of the God Illior at Afra to save his warn-torn kingdom. Here he was presented with a prophecy ‘So long as a daughter of Thelatimos’ line defends and rules, Skala shall never be subjugated.’ And that is how the line of queens ruling over Skala was established…
However, as generations went by the male heirs to the throne became intensely resentful of the prophecy that emasculated their claim to power. Finally Queen Agnalain took the throne and the people of Skala suffered under her erratic and selfish command. Prompted by the people’s outcry over this mad queen, her son Prince Erius claimed primogeniture, and seized the throne.
Erius’s ascent may have pleased the people of Skala, but a faction of the population, one who had not forgotten the prophecy, were worried. Plague, drought and famine spread throughout the kingdom weakening it’s defences and offering easy pickings to Skala’s old enemy and neighbour, Plenimar.
As people start to recall the Oracle’s prophecy, Erius begins to quietly kill of his female relatives who pose the only threat to his monarchy. Constantly in fear for her life, Princess Ariani the King’s sister, gave birth to twins, a boy and a girl. But Ariani is married to Lord Rhius, the patron of the powerful wizard Iya, and Iya has sinister plans for the babes…
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So long as a daughter of Thelatimos' line defends and rules, Skala shall never be subjugated.
For generations Skala's queens upheld the prophecy. But then Erius seized the throne from his mother, the mad Queen Agnalain. Now the royal tomb is filled with the corpses of his female relatives, and plague, drought and famine are spreading throughout the kingdom. Not all have forgotten the prophecy, though, and when the powerful wizard Iya visits the Oracle she is given a dark vision.
Black makes white. Foul makes pure. Evil creates greatness
King Erius's sister, Ariani, is about to give birth to twins, a boy and a girl. Iya knows what she must do. But even her potent magic is not strong enough, and she seeks the help of a hill witch, outcast as necromancer, to perform the abominable ceremony that will seal the fate of the newborns, joining them one to the other in an unbreakable supernatural bond.
But one twin dies, and when Ariani commits suicide the surviving child is mysteriously drawn to the sinister doll that never left the Princess's side, and haunted by terrifying visions of a doppelganger who seems bent on chaos and destruction.About the Author:
Lynn Flewelling was born in Presque Isle, Maine, in 1958. She received her BS from University of Maine, 1981 and went on to study on a Veterinary Med. Program. She has had a variety of jobs including, house painter, sales clerk, teacher, and copy writer. Among her favourite writers and influences are: Tom Stoppard, Mary Renault, Umberto Eco, Stephen King, Peter Straub, Ray Bradbury, and Anne Rice.
Lynn Flewelling currently lives in western New York, with her husband Doug, their two sons, and creatures that shed too much.
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Book Description Voyager, 2001. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0007113072