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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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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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".
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A fantastic story continues. I have re-read this series a number of times and I find it as engrossing as always.Published on 18 Jun. 2014 by Julie-Ann
I have been reading this author for years, she always writes a good story and keeps you interested right up to the final chapterPublished on 2 Sept. 2013 by Mr D Carr
The book was received very quickly and was in perfect condition, up to the usual high standards of Amazon purchases.Published on 25 Nov. 2011 by Ian Smith
Book arrived on time and in good condition. Wasn't expecting it to be in trade size rather than mass market so will need a bigger pocket!Published on 9 Aug. 2011 by Dr Strangepants
After too many years to count, Janny Wurts finally published her next novel in the Wars of Light series. Read morePublished on 1 Dec. 2009 by Evil Ken
I've been waiting for this latest installment in the series for a long time. I finally broke down and ordered the UK published edition so I wouldn't have to wait for the US... Read morePublished on 5 Oct. 2009 by Noirceuil
For those those long time fans, this starts off a little slow (To fill in the blanks for the first time readers). Read morePublished on 13 Feb. 2009 by Jack Scott
Stormed Fortress completes the third arc of this supposedly five-part series. That this is the eight book of the series should be enough to warn anyone new to the series not to... Read morePublished on 8 Feb. 2009 by Michael A.