From the previous book by Laura Resnick, titled "In Legend Born" we return to the land of Sileria. Josarian's second-in-command (and bloodbrother) is Tansen. He takes up where Josarian left off. Tansen must now lead the shallaheen and the Guardians against the waterlords. Zarien is fourteen and one of the sea-born. He is chosen by the sea goddess, Sharifar, to seek out her new consort who currently dwells on land. Zarien does not know the name of the consort. He is only told to seek him out and return with him to the sea. Mirabar "Sirana" is a prophetess. An Otherworldly demigod known only as "the Beckoner" informs her to be ready for a new Yahrdan. Her protector is an assassin named Najdan. The two will be major players in Tansen's plans. Kiloran is an old waterlord. It was Kiloran that summoned the White Dragon earlier. His plans are growing. **** Laura Resnick entices her fans anew with this novel. Even though this is "part one" it picks up where a previous book (In Legend Born) ends. The second part is due for release in December 2003. It will be titled "The Destroyer Goddess". Even if you did not read "In Legend Born" you will easily understand all that is happening. The beginning gives short and detailed information on all that previously occurred. However, if you have read the previous title, everything will feel more real to you. The story is filled with realistic characters. Each seem to have their own personality and culture. Yet the author succeeds in blending them all together for an incredible tale of war, magic, and betrayal! Recommended reading. ****
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