The continuation of a powerful new fantasy adventure filled with dark magic and deadly intrigue, from the worldwide bestselling author of the Saga of the Pliocene Exile. King Conrig Ironcrown now rules the entire island of High Blenholme. But the peace he achieved after ruthlessly uniting its four quarrelling kingdoms into a Sovereignty is about to be challenged by enemies both mortal and supernatural. Rumours abound that his vengeful first wife, Maudrayne, believed to have committed suicide when she discovered his infidelity, is in fact still alive and about to reveal a secret that could cost Conrig his throne. A more tangible threat is posed by the ambitious sorcerer Beynor, and his crony, Conrig's traitorous former alchymist Kilian, who have stolen a trove of currently inactive moonstones capable of drawing tremendous power from the mysterious supernatural Beaconfolk. After initiating a civil war, the pair hope to utilize this power to vanquish Conrig's fatally divided realm and rule it themselves. The King's unlike champion is his royal intelligencer, Deveron, a young man secretly possessed of magical talents. But Deveron is torn between his loyalty to the iron-willed king and his own conscience. The resulting clash involves not only human beings, but also the ancient races who inhabited High Blenholme before them -- and who now intend to take back their lost homeland.
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Julian May is the author of the Saga of the Pliocine Exile (The Many-Coloured Land, The Golden Torc, The Nonborn King), The Galactic Millieu Trilogy, Black Trillium (with Marion Zimmer Bradley and Andre Norton), Blood Trillium and Sky Trillium, and most recently The Rampart Worlds. The author lives in the state of Washington.From Booklist:
King Conrig, former prince of Cathra, now rules all four kingdoms on the island of High Blenholme and fervently hopes his new queen will bear a child without talent for sorcery, for sorcerers can't be rulers. The conjure-queen of Moss, with whose aid Conrig conquered the island, continues assisting him, though her brother Beynor opposes him so violently that he will even ally with ancient, nonhuman foes. Maudrayne, Conrig's former queen, thought to have committed suicide and thereby alienated her family from his, seems now to be alive and the mother of an heir to Conrig's throne. Then the collection of powerful texts and talismans called Trove of Darasilo disappears, most likely stolen by Beynor, desperate to gain Moss' independence. Conrig calls on childhood friend Snudge, now Sir Deveron Austrey, to find the Trove. But will Conrig use the Trove to extend his conquests? Although it helps to have read this book's predecessor, Conqueror's Moon (2004), May here meets her usual standards for storytelling while creating more of a very well designed world. Frieda Murray
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Book Description Voyager, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0007123213