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Peril's Gate: Third Book of The Alliance of Light (The Wars of Light and Shadow, Book 6): Peril's Gate Bk.3 (Wars of Light & Shadow) Hardcover – 16 Jul 2001

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  • Hardcover: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager; First Edition edition (16 July 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007101066
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007101061
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.4 x 6.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,045,955 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

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

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On the world of Athera, two half brothers gifted of Light and Shadow defeated the Mistwraith. It's revenge left them cursed to life-long enmity, splitting the world into war and coils of deadly intrigue. Lysaer and his alliance of Light have raised new forces and touched on the lore of blood magecraft to bring down Arithon, Master of Shadow. The Koriani Enchantresses also seek to capture Arithon, and use him as their pawn to destroy the world's balance and break the Fellowship Sorcerers' compact.

The wily enemy seems ripe for defeat. Just escaped from the scaffold, now set under heated pursuit, Arithon is thwarted in his plans to rejoin the spellbinder, Dakar, and slip off to safety at sea. The failed Koriani plot to take him has loosed unnatural forces: imbalances weaken the wards that confine the Mistwraith, a breaking crisis which forces Dakar's return to Fellowship service.

Arithon must flee inland alone, over the mountains to Daon Ramon Barrens. Harried by winter weather and armed guards, he will ride into the teeth of Lysaer's specialised assault troops. His nearest defenders are Jieret's clan warband, a diminutive force too small to prevail, and too far away to bring rescue. Other interests entangle their thread with Arithon's fate: the ousted Sorcerer, Davien the Betrayer, stirs from his retreat in Kewar Tunnel. Elaira, the enchantress who hold Arithon's heart, walks the narrowest path of them all – her choice: to betray the man she loves to the Koriani prime, or to risk self-destruction in rebellion against her order.

"Janny Wurts writes with astonishing energy; she aims high. Just when you think she's gone as far as anyone can go, she raises the stakes… it ought to be illegal for one person to have so much talent"
STEPHEN R. DONALDSON

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

"With each new book it becomes more and more obvious how important Janny Wurts is to contemporary fantasy"
GUY GAVRIEL KAY

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Peril's Gate is the finest book written by Janny Wurts. Peril's Gate continues the Wars of Light and Shadow series and is the third of four books making up the Alliance of Light sub-series - the fourth being Stormed Fortress.
Peril's Gate takes up where Grand Conspiracy left off with Arithon and Fionn Areth having just escaped Jaelot, Morriel is still camped in the Skyshiels having upset Athera's lane flux which threatens the fabric of Athera as the overstretched Fellowship battle to keep the grimwards and other protections intact. Arithon and Jieret dominate the subsequent action, carrying the reader with them on a journey that will thrill, exhilarate, appal and make them cry. This is not a book for light reading - this book will leave you shaken and disturbed because of where Arithon and Jieret take you. The grand wheel of the Wars and Light and Shadow rolls on as the wider elements of the story are evolved at a cracking pace, but the immediacy, emotion and sacrifice of the lead characters will stay with you after you put the book down.
And all this without having mentioned that in this book we meet Davien, Elaira starts to take control of her destiny, a Paravian or two appears, the Fellowship battles to keep the Mistwraith contained and Kevor continues to win the hearts of his people.
Peril's Gate is not simply a good book, it marks a new level in the intricate writing of Janny Wurts. A must have.
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Picking up precisely where "Grand Conspiracy" left off, Peril's Gate continues the new strand begun with the birth of Fionn Areth with a skill and intracacy that left me almost breathless.
With this new book Janny Wurts brings the series number to six and she still shows no signs of slowing, or of losing her grip on the intensity of her tale. As always she writes with skill and in full command of both her story and the characters that populate her wonderful world.
The passions brought alive in the previous books - which have been steadily expanded and compounded - are given new life and brought to a new level by the events of this new section of the series. As well as somehow managing to keep the intensity of the previous books alive, Ms Wurts has managed - God knows how - to find time to incorporate new themes and new strands into her massive story.
Janny Wurts is possibly the only writer of fantasy that I am aware of who has both the skill and the necessary drive to tackle a story where only a very few of the central characters have the potential for survival. The introduction of the 'Five centuries fountain' in the very first part of the first book left the reader well aware that most of the characters would die of old age if nothing else, and yet the series continues to hold the attention through every adversity because of the depth of feeling and the roundness of the authors writing. She is a consumate seamstress of fantasy, weaving strand upon strand of individual story into a grand tapestry that is truly beautiful to behold, though it defies the mind to comprehend quite how she has managed to hold the tale together.
To say that this series is magnificent falls short, and this new book has taken it to even greater heights, with the introduction of some more optimistic themes and the maintaining of the strength of the writing, this book is without doubt the best in a beautiful sequence of books.
Absolutely fantastic.
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Peril's Gate is the finest book written by Janny Wurts. Peril's Gate continues the Wars of Light and Shadow series and is the third of four books making up the Alliance of Light sub-series - the fourth being Stormed Fortress.
Peril's Gate takes up where Grand Conspiracy left off with Arithon and Fionn Areth having just escaped Jaelot, Morriel is still camped in the Skyshiels having upset Athera's lane flux which threatens the fabric of Athera as the overstretched Fellowship battle to keep the grimwards and other protections intact. Arithon and Jieret dominate the subsequent action, carrying the reader with them on a journey that will thrill, exhilirate, appal and make them cry. This is not a book for light reading - this book will leave you shaken and disturbed because of where Arithon and Jieret take you. The grand wheel of the Wars and Light and Shadow rolls on as the wider elements of the story are evolved at a cracking pace, but the immediacy, emotion and sacrifice of the lead characters will stay with you after you put the book down.
And all this without having mentioned that in this book we meet Davien, Elaira starts to take control of her destiny, a Paravian or two appears, the Fellowship battles to keep the Mistwraith contained and Kevor continues to win the hearts of his people.
Peril's Gate is not simply a good book, it marks a new level in the intricate writing of Janny Wurts. A must have.
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Peril's Gate, the third volume of The Alliance of Light, continues to realize the promise set forth in the previous volumes. Delving into the mystical aspect of the world of Athera, this volume takes you deep into the psyche of Arithon, Master of Shadows and lays bare the reasons he has lost his mage sight. Additionally, another layer in the intricate machinations of Desh-thiere, the Mistwraith, is revealed as Arithon struggles against an array of foes fielded by his half-brother Lysaer as well as against his own self.
Peril's Gate deepens the plot and broadens the scope of the story and the characters. No fantasy novel that I have read prior to this one shows in such vivid detail that there is a price to be paid for killing, even for the hero. Other books allow the hero the dispensation of shrugging off the deaths because they are just evil creatures or evil humans. But this book puts the question squarely to the protagonist and through him, to the readers. And the question is... you'll have to read the book to find out.
A tour de force, Peril's Gate will take you on a journey that will have you asking questions about your own existence and your place in the universe.
This book and the previous volumes are a must own for anyone who has undertaken to walk the path to personal enlightenment.
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