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Dark Thane (Last Clansman) [Paperback]

Miller Lau
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2 April 2002 Last Clansman
Fifteen years have passed since Duncan Talisker vanquished the mad God Corvus. Now his peaceful existence is shattered when riders arrive from Soulis Mor to hail his son, Tristan, as the new Thane. Only Duncan knows that the rule of the Twin Thanes - Tristan and Regan -will be founded on a lie. But, until the arrival at court of the mysterious Jahl, the echoes of Corvus' malice are safely contained within the soul and dreams of Regan. Heedless of her brother's warnings Regan is drawn into Jahl's web of intrigue and the consequences for the Fine and the Sidhe look dark. Caught between the light and the darkness, Regan must choose the path of her destiny. In Edinburgh, power is spilling over from the world of Sutra as Jahl begins to spread his influence using Knox - an apocalyptic cult leader - as an unwitting tool in his search for Godhood. As Knox prepares the way for Jahl's entry to an unsuspecting world, the void between the two planes suffers disturbance and Talisker must take a hand in mighty events once more. "Dark Thane" is the sequel to the critically acclaimed "Talisker", and continues the tale of Duncan Talisker, The Last Clansman.

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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Earthlight (2 April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743404017
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743404013
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 11 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,119,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dark Thane is the second of Miller Lau’s "The Last Clansman" fantasy novels. It takes place 16 years after Talisker, and returns us to the magical world of Sutra.

Readers who enjoyed the first book will be pleased that Duncan Talisker and his friend Alessandro Chaplin reappear, joined this time by Talisker’s daughter, Regan; his adoptive son, Tristan; and Regan’s treacherous advisor, Jahl. 16-year-old Tristan has inherited the title of Thane of Soulis Mor, but he’s physically disabled and fears the other thanes won’t accept him. Regan claims to be his twin, although they’re not really related at all. They begin to rule together, but the more powerful Regan is too willing to follow the advice of the mysterious Jahl. He has a strange hold over her and soon turns her already ambiguous soul towards darkness. When Tristan’s life is threatened, he’s sent through a magical portal to contemporary Edinburgh. But Jahl finds a way to follow him, and soon our world is in as much danger as Sutra.

Miller Lau has woven a tale with plenty of intrigue and sword-wielding action--and a couple of splendid dragons. It moves along at a fast pace, but many of her characters are strangely passive and rather too prone to tears, especially Tristan. The only character with a real agenda is Jahl, while the others only react to events. This weakens the impact of what would otherwise be a fine classic fantasy.--Elizabeth Sourbut

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Talisker is startlingly good fantasy -- David Gemmell

Miller Lau's debut novel, Talisker, is startling...a joy to read -- Interzone

Miller Lau's debut work is a well-crafted, beautifully-structured story -- SFX

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4.0 out of 5 stars A highly enjoyable and gripping read 27 April 2002
By Czytt
Format:Paperback
Set at a time sixteen years after the end of Talisker, Dark Thane is the story of Tristan and Regan, Duncan Talisker's children. Tristan is called upon to take up his duties as Thane of Soulis Mor, and Regan accompanies him. As she gradually falls under the influence of Jahl, dark events begin to overtake Sutra and Edinburgh. The real-world side of the story is more powerful than in Talisker, but maintains the same glorious sense of place. It focuses on Knox, who is persuaded to membership of the Children of the Deluge by its charismatic leader, Daniel. Evil influences from Soulis Mor work on Knox as he questions his faith.
With Dark Thane, Lau has achieved something rare in the fantasy genre - a dark, well-paced novel which does not rely on huge armies and mass battles for its conclusion. It is all the better for this, relying as it does on character and ingenuity to bring it to an excellent ending.
I, for one, found it stronger than its predecessor. This was mostly due to the greater emphasis given to the Edinburgh sections, which I found more interesting than those in Sutra. It may also have been partly because it did not suffer from the presence of Malky (who was only there to provide comic relief that Talisker did not need).
The only real fault I can find is that they spelled Tristan's name incorrectly in the back cover blurb.
This is a highly enjoyable and gripping read.
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