Well of Darkness: The Sovereign Stone Trilogy Paperback – 17 Apr 2001
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"Weis and Hickman are now definitely up at the same level as Dave Duncan or David Eddings, using conventional fantasy elements on the grand scale to produce excellent reading". -- Chicago Sun-Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Back Cover
'When you gaze into the abyss…'
Dagnarus' hatred of his elder brother, Crown prince Helmos, is equal only to his hunger to become one of the Dominion Lords, guardians of the magical tunnels that connect the various races of Vinnengael. Yet his plans to gain power in the kingdom are only set in motion with the arrival of the shy scholarly Gareth, who is recruited to be Dagnarus' whipping boy. Despite all their differences an unshakeable bond is formed and Gareth, with his prince's support, begins to master the forbidden Void magic. Unleashing forces that even the most powerful of magi fear, the two friends set in motion a chain of events that threaten to destroy the entire kingdom.
A gripping story of magic corrupted, 'Well of Darkness' takes the unique approach of focusing on the evil protagonists in the story, as we follow them from boys to men, and is set to elevate the careers of bestselling 'Dragonlance' authors Weis & Hickman to spectacular new heights.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
In this book, the reader is introduced to Dagnarus, second son of the King of Vinnengael. The King is a good, honest and godly man, who strives to love his second son, but finds it not in his heart to feel about him as he does about his first son and heir, Helmos. Dagnarus has for company a whipping boy, Gareth, who he binds to him body and soul. The reader follows Dagnarus and Gareth through their boyhood as they begin to grow into the men they are likely to become. Surrounding them is intrigue and danger; the elves, divided between loyalty to their Sheild and their Divine, the orken, who follow signs and omens, and the dwarves, who have only vague contempt for the humans; all these, and the humans themselves, are split into factions, each hunting for their own advantage.
Dagnarus, however, is the danger they all must face eventually. For he is determined, by any means necessary, to become King of Vinnengael; and anyone who stands in his way will be removed. Gareth finds himself drawn into forces that he cannot counter, drawn despite himself into Dagnarus' plans. And if Dagnarus is not loyal to his own kin and kingdom; if Vinnengael should fall; if the dark magic of the Void should become supreme - what fate must lie the land?
I'm really glad I still enjoyed this, years after my first reading; I'm looking forward to getting onto the remaining two books of the trilogy. Highly recommended.
For once, the main characters in this book are on the dark side, yet having grown up with them, we feel some sympathy, especially for Gareth, utterly devoted to his prince.
This is a fantasy book which is well worth a read, and I'm looking forward to the next episode in the trilogy.
The story was awesome and I found myself not wanting to put the book down and looking forward to my next reading instalment.
The story revolves around a 9-year-old Prince Dagnarus who is second in line to the throne. Due to his royal personage he is not allowed to be hurt, punished or upset and therefore a "whipping boy" is brought in, the idea being that this whipping boy would be the punishment of the prince's wrongdoings. Enter 9-year-old Gareth.
I rarely feel sorry for characters in books but I did really feel for Gareth. Not because he was the whipping boy but because of his undying devotion and loyalty and love toward the prince, who did not treat him that badly. As they grew up Gareth studied magic whilst Dagnarus becomes a warrior. One day, when both are in their early twenties Dagnarus becomes an evil Dominion Lord and Gareth his magus. Gareth, for his love of Dagnarus, studies the dark arts of the Void which causes him torment, pain and physical scars each time he uses it, but he does so willingly for his friend. As time goes on Gareth becomes more and more torn up inside as he follows the evil Lord but struggles with what he knows is right and wrong.
The tale has a sad ending and I ended up feeling quite sad and sorry for Gareth.
If you enjoyed Dragonlance I am sure you will enjoy this.
A note on the Kindle version: Awesome! No proplems whatsoever.
The story line was okay, the characters were okay (not as memorable as the likes of Tasslehoff Burrfoot, Sturm Brightblade, Flint Fireforge, Tanis Half-Elven, Caramon Majere, Raistlin Majere or Kitiara) but the plot was very transparent.
The worst thing about this book is the poor writing style - aside from the American Spellings, which should not be used in books sold in England - the authors seem to have a dislike for conjunctions and prepositions, often misusing a semicolon instead.
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Not read it yet but these authors are excellent. I know it will be a good read as their other stories are stimulating, and keep you on the edge of your seat.Published on 23 Nov. 2013 by ianatrix
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These ladies not only write a good book (or series) but the way the books are written they sure seem to have enjoyed... Read more
As expected from Margaret Wies and Tracy Hickman a good solid read that takes you in to a new and exciting realm of fantasy.Published on 13 May 2012 by shaun
Well what can be said of this unimaginative and unattractive tome? First off the book will remind educated readers of the opening series of Star Gate... Read morePublished on 21 Mar. 2012 by FullovStars
The book, although offering some attractive ideas, is crudely written and comes across as being quite cumbersome. Read morePublished on 11 Jun. 2005
Weis and Hickman have gone off world before, and this book, the first in the trilogy is the best of the trilogy. Read morePublished on 22 Nov. 2004 by Toby Allen
Different and still amazing, I couldn't stop myself from reading it.
Another incredible experience in a new world.
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