Peril's Gate (Book Synopsis)
by Janny Wurts
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The fate of all realms hangs on the resolution of the brutal
conflict born of brother versus brother, of prince against prince.
For years Lysaer, Prince of Light, has single-mindedly sought
the destruction of Arithon, his mage-trained half-brother. Now having narrowly
escaped a conspiracy that sought his execution, Arithon must flee into the
merciless winter wilds. Sentenced to die by the Alliance of Light and hunted by
Koriani enchantresses who hotly desire his capture, the Master of Shadow must
brave alone the brutal mountain storms -- and a more subtle yet equally damning
danger: the violation of ground once held sacred by the powerful Paravians.
Though grievously wounded, he cannot rest, for the vengeful guardsmen who hound
his trail are spell-turned to destroy him. Even the sanctuary of Ithamon has
become a trap, cordoned by Lysaer's armies.
But Arithon's plight has brought a dangerous "ally" out of
seclusion and silence. The renegade Fellowship Sorcerer, Davien the Betrayer,
has emerged to take a hand in the Shadow Master's fate. Yet is this outlawed
mage whose works once destroyed Arithon's royal ancestors a savior or an
opportunist? As the Betrayer's obscure motives spin an irresistible web,
survival forces Arithon to face a deadly choice: die by the swords of fanatical
enemies who claim he's a minion of evil...or cast his lot with a mighty
enchanter whose reputation he dares not trust.
And there is another drawn to share Arithon's peril. Elaira,
the Koriani enchantress who shares his love, would sacrifice all to aid him,
yet her life vows to her order have made her a double-edged weapon. For she
alone holds the power to intercede but at an unthinkable cost: The total
subjugation of the Master of Shadow.
A story of powerful complexity and breathtaking scope, Peril's
Gate is a monumental work that only solidifies the standing of Janny Wurts as
one of the strongest, most creative and important fantasists writing today.
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