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Initiate's Trial: First book of Sword of the Canon (The Wars of Light and Shadow, Vol. 9) Hardcover – 27 Nov 2011

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  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (27 Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007362129
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007362127
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.5 x 5.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 964,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Astonishingly original and compelling… A gifted creator of wonder’
RAYMOND E. FEIST

‘Janny Wurts builds beautiful castles in the air … where every detail is richly imagined and vividly rendered’
DIANA GABALDON

‘It ought to be illegal for one person to have so much talent’
STEPHEN DONALDSON

About the Author

Janny Wurts is the author of the Cycle of Fire series, co-author of the worldwide bestselling Empire series with Raymond E. Feist, and is currently working on the Wars of Light and Shadow series. She often paints her own covers and is also an expert horsewoman, sailor, musician and archer.


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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By J. Mcpherson on 7 Nov. 2011
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Having waited so long for this book I was hoping for a bit more action. The story has moved on 250 years, but the book seems to consist of the same elements as previous books, as stated by another reviewer. Nothing much seemed to happen in the book. We are not told exactly how Arithon came to be captured by the sisters, or if we are, I missed it. It seems to be the fashion to drag out these series as long as possible, but in doing so, there is a risk that readers just give up. I enjoy Ms Wurts style of writing, but feel that a bit less description and a lot more story would have helped. I hope we don't have to wait so long for the final books - I could be dead by then.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S. Lloyd on 11 Mar. 2012
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As a long-time fan of Janny Wurts, I was eagerly anticipating the release of this book. I have followed the series very closely and enjoyed the other books immensely, finding them to be far deeper and more believable than most of the fluff churned out by other authors. I'm disappointed to say that this book did not live up to my (admittedly high) expectations.

I'll start with the prose. Wurts has always had a tendency to use unnecessarily long words and overcomplicated descriptions. I have no problem with long words, and sometimes this can be poetic - in fact, I've always liked that her writing makes no pretense at being dumbed down. Unfortunately, in Initiate's Trial the phrasing feels awkward and exaggerated instead of graceful and intelligent. Every emotion is extreme, every trial is excruciating, every scene and conversation is littered with superfluous adjectives that do nothing but get in the way and interrupt the flow of reading. Wurts seems to have left the primary purpose of imparting understanding to the reader in the dust as she pursues her quest to work as many long words as she can into every single sentence.

Then there are the characters. There is no sense of balance, no variation or range - it's like the literal version of a soap opera; melodramatic, exaggerated and ultimately unbelievable. This is even more disappointing from Wurts, whose previous track record with writing believable characters with vast swathes of emotional range is excellent. Instead of her usual careful characterisation, each character seems to swing wildly from one emotional extreme to another in a constant barrage of cringeworthy overreaction and inexplicable stupidity.

Finally, there is the gap. The gap between the last book and the current.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By M. Sullivan on 6 Dec. 2011
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After waiting so many years for this book, I was severely disappointed.

It is so tiresome to have to read about Arithon on the run...again...I have lost count of how many times this has happened. Except, this time he has lost his memory, it doesn't add to the story.

The plot to me just seemed to be full of holes, considering that apparently 250 years have passed so little seems to have happened and all of the dramatic action of the previous book are at a stroke rendered pointless. I really did not understand what Lysaer was doing, he moves from a strong base of supporters to go galloping off on his own to achieve...well it wasn't clear what he was trying to achieve except to lose himself to the curse...again.

Davien has had 250 years with a drake doing...well we have no idea what they did. The Ath brotherhood, not a mention. The ships belonging to the tribes, anyone's guess. The tribes themselves? Well despite having the impression from the last book that they were finally reaching a position of strength, apparently they are barely surviving. Except for the previously barely surviving Rathain tribes are suddenly in strength again.

Maybe you can feel my attitude from this review, I found this book very tiresome and disappointing after such a long wait. The idea of having to wait years for the next book, most likely I won't bother.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Woozle on 12 Nov. 2011
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Have been waiting for this for so long, and whilst intrigued that JW chose to move the story on 250 years, it does seem to be awfully repetitive - Arithon is permanently on the run! It just didn't engage me in the way that the earlier books (esp 1 - 4)did. They gripped from the start, with characters you really cared about. This book could have been cut back by at least a quarter and would have been none the worse for it.
Despite the above, I still want to know what happens and will be buying the next one as soon as it comes out!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Walter on 15 Nov. 2012
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I will not review the story itself as many other reviews do that. I would say that this book like most of JW's other works really need to be read in sequence. At the end of the review I have listed the other authors that I read to give you a guideline of the sort of stories I enjoy and the basis of this review.

I thought I had missed a book somewhere along the line as all of a sudden storylines had jumped forward and hundreds of years had passed by. I enjoy Janny Wurts books but I do struggle with the amount of flowery prose throughout, sometimes it would have been great to read one or two words instead of twenty-five to describe anger!

In the main, these books are rich, heartfelt and have depth. They are not a 'five minutes before you go to bed' read but a 'sit down comfy and dig in' read.
I will continue to read these stories and hope for the happy ending in a reasonable time frame i.e. like one of the other reviewers said - before I die!

The Empire books are far more straightforward and a fantastic read, I would really recommend them.

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