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The elements and the Void; which will be supreme?
on 24 June 2012
It's been probably 10 years since I read this trilogy the first time; and high time I revisited it. This book, the first of the trilogy, is another brilliant foray into fantasty by Weis and Hickman, the authors of the Dragonlance series and many more books.
In this book, the reader is introduced to Dagnarus, second son of the King of Vinnengael. The King is a good, honest and godly man, who strives to love his second son, but finds it not in his heart to feel about him as he does about his first son and heir, Helmos. Dagnarus has for company a whipping boy, Gareth, who he binds to him body and soul. The reader follows Dagnarus and Gareth through their boyhood as they begin to grow into the men they are likely to become. Surrounding them is intrigue and danger; the elves, divided between loyalty to their Sheild and their Divine, the orken, who follow signs and omens, and the dwarves, who have only vague contempt for the humans; all these, and the humans themselves, are split into factions, each hunting for their own advantage.
Dagnarus, however, is the danger they all must face eventually. For he is determined, by any means necessary, to become King of Vinnengael; and anyone who stands in his way will be removed. Gareth finds himself drawn into forces that he cannot counter, drawn despite himself into Dagnarus' plans. And if Dagnarus is not loyal to his own kin and kingdom; if Vinnengael should fall; if the dark magic of the Void should become supreme - what fate must lie the land?
I'm really glad I still enjoyed this, years after my first reading; I'm looking forward to getting onto the remaining two books of the trilogy. Highly recommended.