- Paperback: 608 pages
- Publisher: Bantam Press; paperback / softback edition (4 Sept. 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0593049616
- ISBN-13: 978-0593049617
- Package Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.2 x 4.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,805,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Fifth Sorceress (The chronicles of blood & stone) Paperback – 4 Sep 2002
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The Fifth Sorceress is an undoubtedly impressive debut in epic fantasy for Robert Newcomb. It has a dark magnificence in many of its set pieces of slaughter and magic, even though it is seriously flawed by a prurient paranoia about powerful women and unfettered female sexuality. Young Tristan is about to inherit the throne of Eustracia and resents the fact that his entire life has been mapped out for him--30 years of kingship followed by immortality as a wizard. Nothing, though, is going to be as he expects; centuries earlier the wizards of Eustracia exiled four powerful sorceresses, who had almost won a particularly vicious civil war. Now that Tristan and his sister have been born--filled, unknown to themselves, with magic potential--the sorceresses' plans have matured and they are about to return in blood and terror. Newcomb has a real gift for describing violent action and intense emotional states; he puts his hero through a series of ordeals as upsetting as they are thrilling. Tristan wins, as we always expect him to, and then Newcomb gives us a slingshot ending that implies fascinating sequels of ever escalating wonder and terror. --Roz Kaveney
"'Beautifully and vividly drawn ...impressive'" (SFX)
"'A complex and sweepingly conceived adventure...Newcomb's impressive narrative skill is such that the pages turn very quickly indeed'" (Good Book Guide)
"'A fantastic read. Fantasy novels can be hit or miss but this one is a definite hit ...Newcomb writes with a boldness and originality rarely seen in first novels'" (Outland) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
The premise goes that 300 years ago the wizards (who are good) narrowly defeated the sorceresses (who are bad) in a war. But instead of executing them, the wizards took them out into the ocean, from where nobody has ever returned if they sailed out for more than 15 days, and left them to die. Naturally the sorceresses survived and spent the 300 year gap plotting revenge and breeding themselves a race of winged demons.
Then enter Prince Tristan, who behaves like a stroppy teenager despite being just days from his 30th birthday. On his birthday the King will abdicate and he will become King. But guess what - he doesn't want to be King. He'd rather spend his time throwing knives into trees. And then we have Wigg, the great Wizard who should have executed the sorceresses 300 years ago but didn't because the wizarding order doesn't condone murder. He has his suspicions that the sorceresses might be about to make a come back, but instead of sending the royal family into the hills to hide, he allows the "abdication ceremony" to go ahead, and, surprise surprise, the sorceresses and their winged minions turn up and wreak death and destruction on all but poor Tristan and the inept Wigg, who manage to escape, and Tristan's sister, who is captured. At this point, instead of packing up and heading for the hills, Wigg decides to give Tristan a history lesson and explains in a very long-winded and boring way how magic works and how the sorceresses were defeated in the war.Read more ›
The opening novel of the trilogy tells us of the aftermath of the Sorceress' War; of the exile of the Vagaries-wielding four female mages who have wrought horror and destruction on the land of Eutracia. Their final defeat at the hands of the Virtue-blessed male wizards, headed by the long haired, ancient Wigg brings about three hundred or more years of peace, of blossoming civilisation and a utopia that is about to be shattered. The present narrative follows the coming-of-age Prince Tristan, a reluctant man about to become a King. A man who has a prophecy naming him The Chosen One, a twin of the pregnant and beautiful Shailiha, a man whose endowed blood has him fall into the Caves of the Paragon and learn about the Stone that gives all magical power in the land.
Far away, across the Sea of Whispers the evil Sorceresses have survived and seek a fifth to make their Coven strong enough to carry out a Blood Rite to enable them to reclaim their power over Eutracia. Three hundred years has allowed their leader, Failee, to perfect an army of ruthless winged warriors.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a truly truly dreadful book. Ignoring the plot (easy to do) it is appallingly written. All the characters do it seems is lift their eyebrows to varying degrees. Read morePublished 9 months ago
I am terrible for a sort of authors style , that ive followed for decades , Eddings etc but i vary a lot and a tale has to grip me pretty quickly . Read morePublished 17 months ago by Peter Bissell
Utter drivel, and trust me when I say the series only gets worse.Published on 30 Sept. 2014 by RhiAnima
Having just finished reading this second trilogy, I've just found out that the story isn't finished, but the final instalments are not going to be published. Read morePublished on 1 Oct. 2013 by Miss K. J. Streeter
Absolutely dreadful! I bought this second hand - and thank goodness, because I would have felt my heart sink if I had spent any more than a pound on this junk. Read morePublished on 13 Oct. 2010 by Luke
I was extremely disappointed with this book.
I thought that it had really good potential in that the overall story idea was great. However, the execution was abysmal. Read more
Fortunately I bought this from a charity shop, as I would have resented spending any more on it. You can take it as read that I'm in agreement with all of the negative reviews (I'm... Read morePublished on 18 Nov. 2008 by D. Nilsson
The writing of this book I believe is in too much detail for the description. If you skip some of the description then the book is a great read. Worth readingPublished on 14 Jan. 2008 by M. Spears
This is not a great book, but there are some quality ideas.
The nearest series I can liken it to is terry goodkinds sword of truth. Read more