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Guardians of the Lost,
This review is from: Guardians of the Lost: The Sovereign Stone Trilogy (Paperback)
I have not read the first instalment in the trilogy "The Sovereign Stone", yet this did not pose a problem in getting into the story line. Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman write excellently together.
The Dominion Lord Gustav finds what is know as the Sovereign Stone. Once upon a time the gods gave the stone to the world telling the people to keep the stone whole. Of course, people being people (well intentioned and all), the stone is divided into four parts and sent to the orks, the dwarves, the elves and the last part is kept by the humans. Of course, what was not foreseen was that there was a fifth part (the void part) as well.
This brings us back to Lord Gustav. Lord of the Void (Dagnarus) wants to gather all four parts of the stone. Lord Gustav's mission in life has been to search for the human part of the stone. This part was taken from Dagnarus 200 years before this book begins (yes Dagnarus is 200 years old). Gustav is on the trail of the stone and senses he is followed. Upon finding the stone, Gustav is attacked by the Void's equivalent of a Dominion Lord - the Vrykyl. Gustav is mortally wounded but retains the stone in his possession. He is no longer able to carry the stone to the council of the Dominion Lords and places this burden upon a pacwae (Bashae) and a trevinici (Jessan) who are joined by The Grandmother (another pacwae). To foil the Vrykyl the dwarf Wolfram and Jessan's aunt Ranessa are sent off in another direction.
This book follows the paths of both parties along with the Vrykyl's difficult chase of them.
A fun book, ending with me wanting more.