Peril's Gate The Alliance of Light: book 3 Wars of Light and Shadow Vol 6 Paperback – 5 Nov 2007
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Praise for the Wars of Light and Shadow:
‘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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Arithon is once again hunted by the Alliance of light, led by his halfbrother, who have allied themselves with the Koriathain. The Fellowship is troubled by loose Khadrim, an invasion of Wraiths from Marek, and the Mistwraith nearly having acomplished freeing itself.
We get to meet Davien and see a Paravien or two. It makes it very hard to await Stormed Fortress
No-one who embarks upon this series can ever fail to fall in love with (or at least strongly identify with) Janny’s main character. The trials she puts him through are enough to make anyone pity, and then burn, bleed and sweat for this character. It’s compelling.
But you should not discount the other characters in this series. I don’t mean Lysaer – he pales into insignificance, as he has so little knowledge of the true meaning of events. No, look at Sethvir and Asandir. You really believe Janny when she shows you how these men have survived and fought centuries of conflict and loss in her world.
I also have a soft spot for Morriel; she’s just so deliciously determined that she is right. Though, I do hope that Elaria takes a big stick and clobbers the rest of her order about the head.
It is hard to hate anyone. Janny does a wonderful job of asking you to judge evil for yourself. As the reader, you know more about the significance of events than anyone save perhaps Sethvir and the Paravians. The character’s don’t have our omnipotence, and the motives of each are shown to be molded by their ignorance. Even Arithon is shown to be wrong on occasion, and he torments himself with it.
As he torments himself with everything.
If I have a gripe about the series, it is that reading it can seem like you are being repeatedly whacked around the head with the same despairs. The main action of Ships of Merior and Warhost of Vastmark seems to me to be the same disaster in different settings. Arithon endlessly tortures himself with regrets about past events. And if he isn’t doing it, someone else is.Read more ›
The pace of the book is awful. From the first page we are told that Arithon is in the worst danger possible; the kind of danger that would threaten Athera itself....and the Fellowship is threatened...and Arithon really, really, this time must break down and destroy the world... well, no this time he will break down and destroy the world... ok, this time he is really, really stretched and a catastrophe must happen... no? Get the picture? Dangers pile on dangers, and throughout the book, Wurts wants us to believe that we're balancing on the very edge of disaster. The only thing is, this is pretty hard to believe in as a reader - especially when you know you've got 600 more pages to go before the end of this book (and God knows how many volumes left in the series).
Another example of the bad pace are the multiple times in the story where we are told some character must make a split-second decision; upon which we are then treated with 2-3 pages of the character intensely contemplating what s/he should do in the next second. Doh!
Secondly (and perhaps I am a minority here), I am finding it increasingly difficult to emphatize with the characters in these books. The reason is that every one of them is painted as either black or white; every character in the book can be considered either divinely good (Arithon and his bunch), diabolically evil with no redeeming attributes (Lysaer, the Witches and a few of his henchmen), or good but fighting in an evil cause (most of Lysaer's henchmen).Read more ›
Having bought everything else that Ms Wurts has previously published I emailed her with my views that she was just spinning out the story. Her tartly patronising reply intimated that I was not intelligent enough to decipher the subtleties in each book and that I should try reading her straightforward cannon fodder material, "To Ride Hell's Chasm".
I will probably read the last 2 (fingers crossed it does not become more volumes) but I will be borrowing them from the library so that I do not financially encourage Ms Wurts to keep stringing this one out. Sorry for flaming her stuff but you can see why she got my back up!
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I love this series of books. The characters are engrossing the story well written. I have recommended the whole series to fellow Sci Fi fansPublished on 18 Jun. 2014 by Julie-Ann
I can't believe how good an author is Janny Worts.
Totally involved in this world from start to -....... Whenever!
ANOTHER GOOD BOOK FROM JANNY WURTS. COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN. IT IS WELL WRITTEN AND YOU FEEL THAT YOU ARE THERE WITH THE CHARACTERS, SEEING AND HEARING WHAT THEY ARE.Published on 31 Aug. 2013 by christine y
Peril's gate book three of Alliance and light (a volume of the wars of light and shadow), exceeded and surpassed all expectations once again as this epic saga continues. Read morePublished on 20 Aug. 2012 by Lucinda