Guardians of the Lost: The Sovereign Stone Trilogy (Sovereign Stone Trilogy 2) Paperback – 16 Jul 2001
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From the Back Cover
Generations after Vinnengael was laid to waste at the hands of Dagnarus, Gustav, the last human Dominion Lord, finally achieves his lifelong quest when he discovers the lost portion of the Sovereign Stone. Badly injured in a battle with one of Dagnarus's fearsome, otherworldly servants, Gustav entrusts the stone to young Bashae, without revealing its significance.
Bashae must make the long and dangerous journey to the Elven lands and deliver the jewel to a trusted friend of Gustav's, who will ensure it reaches the altar built for it in New Vinnengael. At all costs, the Stone must stay out of Dagnarus's hands. But hearing that it is in the possession of his enemies, Dagnarus unleashes war, hoping to seize the Stone in the conflict.
About the Author
Margaret Weis was born in 1948. She graduated from the University of Missouri in 1970 with a BA in Creative Writing and Literature. Following a career in publishing she became an editor withTSR in 1983, and now lives in a converted barn near Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.
Tracy Hickman, born in Salt Lake City in 1955, worked as a supermarket boy, a movie projectionist, and a theatre manager before landing a job with TSR. That job led to his association with Margaret Weis and the creation of the Dragonlance Chronicles. He currently lives in Utah with his wife Laura and their four children.
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But this isn't the only story going on in the book. We also follow Raven, Jessan's uncle, as he is taken prisoner by the ferocious taan, huge desert creatures in the employ of Dagnarus. We meet Damra, an elven Dominion Lord, and her efforts to escape and overcome the political machinations of the elven rulers.
The second book in the trilology doesn't disappoint, delivering creat characters, both good and evil, along with some humour and action. Bring on the third, I can't wait to see how this one ends.
The Dominion Lord Gustav finds what is know as the Sovereign Stone. Once upon a time the gods gave the stone to the world telling the people to keep the stone whole. Of course, people being people (well intentioned and all), the stone is divided into four parts and sent to the orks, the dwarves, the elves and the last part is kept by the humans. Of course, what was not foreseen was that there was a fifth part (the void part) as well.
This brings us back to Lord Gustav. Lord of the Void (Dagnarus) wants to gather all four parts of the stone. Lord Gustav's mission in life has been to search for the human part of the stone. This part was taken from Dagnarus 200 years before this book begins (yes Dagnarus is 200 years old). Gustav is on the trail of the stone and senses he is followed. Upon finding the stone, Gustav is attacked by the Void's equivalent of a Dominion Lord - the Vrykyl. Gustav is mortally wounded but retains the stone in his possession. He is no longer able to carry the stone to the council of the Dominion Lords and places this burden upon a pacwae (Bashae) and a trevinici (Jessan) who are joined by The Grandmother (another pacwae). To foil the Vrykyl the dwarf Wolfram and Jessan's aunt Ranessa are sent off in another direction.
This book follows the paths of both parties along with the Vrykyl's difficult chase of them.
A fun book, ending with me wanting more.
The reader is torn in all directions in this story; with Wolfram and Ranessa going in one direction, the Trevinici Jessan, the pecwae Bashae and the Grandmother and their various companions going in another, and Raven ending up unwillingly in the middle of the enemy camp. The machinations of Dagnarus, the Vrykyl, and the elves, add to the momentum that builds up to a crescendo throughout the book. The setup for the third and final instalment in the trilogy is great.
I really enjoyed this book, as I did the first book in the trilogy, and look forward immensely to revisiting the end of the series in the third book, Journey into the Void.
The only flaw (if one can call it that) comes at the climax. I will not spoil it for anyone, but whilst the ending does leave you gasping for more, you cannot help but see it coming.
However, do not let this put you off reading what is one of the best fantasy series around today. If the first two book are anything to go by, the final chapter, "Journey into the Void," should be mindblowing.
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