by Deborah Chester
Cover Artist: Matt Stawicki
Review by Mel Jacob
Ace Mass Market Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780441016570
Date: 25 November 2008 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Deborah Chester concludes The Pearls and the Crown series with The Crown and a climatic battle between good and evil. In The Pearls, Shadrael, the shadow warrior, abducted Princess Lea, dedicated to light and harmony with all things. He represents evil she abhors. As a shadow warrior, he acquired black magic that enabled him to sever the threads of men's lives. He plans to trade her to the Vindicants, disgraced priests of Beloth, the god of darkness and shadow, for the soul he lost. From official release/information:
From back of book: Forsaking her spirit for her heart, Lea, sister of Emperor Caelan, has fallen in love with her kidnapper, Lord Shadrael, a man with no soul. Despite a growing attachment to his captive, Shadrael hands Lea over to the corrupt Vindicant prists for the promise of redemption.
But when the Vindicants renege on their pledge, Lea and a gravely wounded Shadrael are forced to escape into the Hidden Ways of the shadow realm, where evil threatens to consume all it touches. Now in order to survive, Lea has to find the balance between her light and Shadael's darkness before the shadows destroy them both...