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A march into darkness /

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Language: English
Published: Del Rey, 2007
Edition: First edition.
Series: Newcomb, Robert, 1951- Destinies of blood and stone ; v. 2.
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The defeat and death of the evil Wulfgar should inspire a time of rejoicing throughout Eutracia. But Prince Tristan grieves. Not only is his beloved wife dead, but across the Sea of Whispers, in the island fortress known as the Citadel, Wulfgar's bride, the sorceress Serena, plots to continue her husband's nefarious plans, aided by the Scroll of the Vagaries and the advice of the otherworldly Heretics. Although the ranks of Tristan's faithful soldiers were decimated in recent battle, the prince nevertheless plans a bold surprise attack. But on the eve of the mission, disaster strikes. From behind the towering azure wall of magical energy in the forbidding face of the massive Tolenka Mountains comes Xanthus, a powerful warrior dispatched by the Heretics to bring Tristan into their mysterious realm. A master of a mystical martial art against which even the great swordsman Tristan is helpless, Xanthus launches a reign of terror against Eutracia's innocent subjects, compelling Tristan to journey behind the azure wall. There, in a magical land as beautiful as it is violent, Tristan will learn the shocking truth about the destiny he and Shailiha, his sister, will share. In Tristan's absence, Shailiha must lead the fleet of Black Ships against the Citadel, accompanied by the wizards Faegan and Wigg and the beautiful pirate queen Tyranny. But unknown to them, Serena has prepared a deadly trap with hellish creatures summoned by the Heretics. And as Shailiha's troops sail blindly into danger, Serena is preparing a spell unlike anything the world has ever seen--a spell powerful enough to defeat death itself.

Review by Booklist Review

Prince Tristan and allies defeated invasion by Wulfgar, and the prince healed the wounded Orb of the Vigours, the great artifact of honestly practiced sorcery. Before the latter, however, the orb cut a pass through the mountains protecting Eutracia that now needs constant watching. The allies also must look out for fugitive Wulfgar followers--possible sorcerers capable of inordinate destruction. Despite a fairly straightforward main plot, the many characters and subplots, and references to events in Savage Messiah0 (2005), may confound newcomers to the Destinies of Blood and Stone trilogy, though not much if they like long, active yarns. --Frieda Murray Copyright 2007 Booklist

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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

For lovers of Dragonlance-style fantasy, Newcomb's second entry in his Destinies of Blood and Stone series (after 2005's Savage Messiah) wonderfully captures the imagination with wildly overblown characters and improbable battle scenes. On the other hand, fans of more cohesive epic fantasy may find tiresome the convoluted action sequences featuring Prince Tristan, who the author constantly reminds the reader serves as a sort of prophetic pawn. Tristan's endowed blood is the most potent in the land of Eutracia, but he has never been trained to use the magic inside him-nor does he appear to want to learn. Instead, Tristan becomes enamored of a martial-arts mystical state called K'Shari, which makes the recipient nearly invincible in battle. Those who prefer their fantasy full of blood and torture, with a cast restricted to good people and evil nemeses, will be most rewarded. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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Review by Library Journal Review

A creature of purest evil, master of both the craft of magic and a long-forgotten school of weaponry, has bridged the magical barrier that protects the land of Eutracia from the forces of darkness and now seeks to challenge Prince Tristan for dominion over the land. Before they meet, however, Tristan must master his own powers and journey with his companions into danger and darkness. The sequel to Savage Messiah continues Tristan's tale as he seeks to fulfill his destiny. Set in the same universe as is "The Chronicles of Blood and Stone" epic fantasy saga, Newcomb's latest addition vividly portrays the ongoing struggle between good and evil. Reminiscent in scope and detail of the works of Terry Goodkind and Robert Jordan, it is recommended for most fantasy collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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