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Stormed Fortress: Fifth Book of The Alliance of Light (The Wars of Light and Shadow, Book 8): Stormed Fortress Bk. 5 (Wars of Light & Shadow) Mass Market Paperback – 3 Nov 2008

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager; 1 edition (3 Nov. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007217811
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007217816
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 3.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 442,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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(There are no Stormed Fortress spoilers in this review but I mention some plot points from Peril's Gate).

Fugitive Prince was released ten years ago to some disappointment by Wurts fans. Following the incredible Arc II of the series (the simultaneously published Ships of Merior/Warhost of Vastmark), Fugitive Prince seemed long on exposition, full of unresolved threads, and lacking a satisfying conclusion. On her website, the author heard everyone's grumbling and pleaded for patience -- this book was NOT a complete story, but the first part in an intricately planned Arc III. The story as envisioned in the author's mind was much too large to fit in a single hardcover binding, and she chose to publish it part by part rather than sacrifice the story's integrity.

Ten years later, the five parts of Arc III are finally complete, taking up nine inches of my bookshelf and proving that the wait was worth it. I paid about $30 for the book and standard shipping to the US (which only took about a week).

Stormed Fortress provides a satisfying and logical conclusion to Arc III, and also deepens your understanding of the other parts (re-reads, as always, will be immensely rewarding). Because this is the climax of the Arc, the action is nonstop, and the pace of the prose fits -- a good balance is struck between Janny's language style (which in the past has been alternately described as beautiful and painfully overwrought) and the urgency of the plot.

I give this specific book 5 stars, and Arc III as a whole 4 stars. I felt that the one stumbling point in the Arc was Peril's Gate.
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Wow -- This book has it all: intrigue, suspense, epic battles, romance, tragedy, bravery, evil, and incredible strength. The trouble is that I can hardly talk about the contents without creating spoilers.

This is the last book in The Alliance of Light, which is the third story arc in The Wars of Light and Shadow, and as a result a lot of sub-plots are wound up, and in a way that makes the faithful reader of this series almost explode with each turn of the page. This is easily the strongest book of The Alliance of Light arc. So many loose threads are wrapped up and woven into the tapestry of this series that the reader feels somewhat sated at the end, yet enough is left undone that leaves the reader eagerly awaiting the beginning of Arc IV (as yet untitled). The Wars of Light and Shadow is an epic series with five story arcs. Arc IV and V remain, and will likely total three books (by the author's estimation), to add to the eight already released in this series.

What I find most thrilling about Stormed Fortress, and the series as a whole, is that it is in no way predictable. The villains in this series are multi-dimensional, believe themselves to be on the side of right, and at times are sympathetic. Also, the so-called good guys are not necessarily good all the time. The conflict is a very human one, and is therefore very honest. There is no Dark Lord here, but rather the much more ordinary and everyday human evil, which is perhaps much harder to face. As a result, this read is not escapism, but it is a book (and a series) that makes you better for having read it.
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This book completes the story arc "Alliance of Light" which is the third arc of five in th "Wars Of Light and Shadow" series.

It wraps up many plot threads starting form the first book of the arc "Fugitive Prince" and the others in this arc. A roller coaster ride of plot twists and surprises that you do not see coming. Characters grow and change from their experiences(some good, some bad) as any good book should. And the attention to detail which is Janny's style is extremely evident. No description is without meaning even if it may not be apparent until further along in the story. One sentence in a book mentioned in book one is explained and expounded upon in the following volumes, especially this one.

I beleive that this one may be her best yet in the series. And the finale of the arc just makes you beg for more in the next book of the series that starts the fourth arc of the "Wars of Light and Shadow".
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What a fantastic end to the war of light and shadows arc (but thankfully not the series itself). After a long wait we have what could only be described as a masterful, twisting and at times shocking story which ties together so many threads that Janny has been skilfully weaving since the beginning of the arc. We find out what fate befalls the doomed love of Elaira and Arithon, we witness the destruction of a great power and the revelation of a strong magical counterbalance to the corrupt Koriani. The ending is tragic and uplifting at the same time and the next book is most eagerly awaited. One of the finest works of what is one of the most underrated but most talented fantasy writers of our age. Go out and buy the series... you won't regret it!
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