The Valley of Shadows
by Brian Cullen
Review by Harriet Klausner
Tor Books Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765314741
Date: 17 February 2009 List Price $25.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Bricriu Poisontongue stole the Chalice of Fire from the Red Branch in Ultes; by doing so the years of peace that the artifact provided was broken. Due to the theft, the evil wizard Maliman and his horde have been freed from the hell-like Great Rift prison, and is building his forces from his isolated fortress Dun Daraiin, the mountains of Mourne. Though only the just can drink from the Chalice, the Dark Ones keep the sacred cup from the just so that there is one less critical weapon in their arsenal when the inevitable war occurs. From official release/information:
From publicity material: Valley of Shadows is the sequel to Seekers of the Chalice. It is set in Ireland, and Brian Cullen is steeped in Ireland's ancient myths and legends.
As dark days settle over Ancient Ireland, a courageous young man escapes Connacht with the Sacred Chalice which will bring peace to Ulster and Ireland; however the way is dangerous. Maliman, the evil wizard, has escaped form the deep where the Dagda had confined him years before. The king of the gods is again assembling his armies to seize the Chalice. The fate of Ireland lies in the hands of the Seekers: Cucullen, Ireland's greatest hero; Fedelm, the Druid Wizard; Bern and Lorgas, the elves; Tarin, the Sword-Wanderer. Together, they must battle the forces of darkness and return the kingdom to the Light.
(Source: Tor Books)