The Wars of Light and Shadow (9) - Initiate's Trial: First book of Sword of the Canon (The Wars of Light & Shadow)
by Janny Wurts
Harper Voyager Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780007217823
Date: 27 October 2011 List Price £12.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
A thwacking great trade paperback release from Voyager, Initiate's Trail is the ninth volume of Janny Wurt's epic tale of The Wars of Light and Shadow - however it is also the first title in a new story arc contained within the series, so if you've not dipped into it yet, this is a great jumping-in point. Note that Wurts also does her own cover art - a talanted lady all round.
"Betrayed and double-crossed, Arithon s'Ffalenn is held captive by the Order of the Koriathain. The desperate Fellowship Sorcerers have gambled the weal of Athera and forced through the perilous bargain that spared him, as the last Prince of Rathain, and their sole hope of unity. To suspend the Prime Matriarch's decree of execution, Arithon lives only to battle Marak's horde of free wraiths, unleashed one by one from the shielding grip of the star wards. But on the day the last wraith is redeemed, the inflexible terms sealed by Dakar's oath of debt will come to be forfeit...
Against a world backdrop, in which the Religion of Light has undergone schism, the zealot True Sect's canon grips Tysan, its high priesthood stands consumed by its thwarted ambition: to conquer Havish, last crown bastion and backbone of order that secures the terms of Paravian survival. Now Lord Mayor of Etarra, Lysaer s'Ilessid must fight the pull of the Mistwraith's curse, and battle for sanity to uphold his just ethic. Another young defender will stand at his side, newly sworn by the Sorcerer's auspices.
As Arithon's life once again becomes the fulcrum that shifts the game board, Elaira's choice might save or break the unstable future; while at large and answerable to no mortal law, Davien and the dragon that holds his service throw in the wild card no one predicts…"