New York Times bestselling author Richard A. Knaak's unforgettable Legends of the Dragonrealm series continues with this spellbinding tale of a powerful sorcerer trapped in a purgatory of his own making. Read more...
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New York Times bestselling author Richard A. Knaak's unforgettable Legends of the Dragonrealm series continues with this spellbinding tale of a powerful sorcerer trapped in a purgatory of his own making.
Survivor of a once-mighty race of sorcerers, the spellcaster known to those of the Dragonrealm simply as Shade struggles to find an end to the curse he brought upon himself millennia ago in his hope to escape death . . . and worse. Instead of immortality, he was condemned to an endless series of lives alternating between darkness and light, with "death" only resurrecting him over and over. His blurred features and unstable but terrible powers a threat to friend and foe alike, the hooded sorcerer must defy not only those who would manipulate him, but also his very self. Worse, he must do so always aware that even the land itself may have sinister designs upon him. . . .
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2012-07-30
- Reviewer: Staff
Veteran fantasy author Knaak opens a new installment of his multivolume Dragonrealm saga with this less than rousing quest adventure. The ancient sorcerer Shade attempted to achieve immortality; now he suffers one horrid death after another, reborn each time to alternating careers of good and evil. Seeking to end his curse, Shade is caught up in an ugly war brewing between the Black Dragon and the Land of Lochivar, currently protected by wizard Cabe Bedlam, a descendant of an old foe of Shade’s. Cabe’s adolescent sorceress daughter, Valea, rebels against her parents and allies herself with the “living magic” Darkhorse, a supernatural ebony stallion, to save Shade, whom she envisions as a “tragic, romantic” hero. Readers new to this conventional sword-and-sorcery world could use more background than Knaak measures out, and while he maintains a wicked pace, driving Shade through one cliffhanger after another, his characters seem mired in post-Tolkien imitative routine dangers and a facile resolution. Agent: Donald Maass, Donald Maass Literary Agency. (Sept.)