Initiate's Trial: First book of Sword of the Canon (The Wars of Light and Shadow, Book 9)

Initiate's Trial: First book of Sword of the Canon (The Wars of Light and Shadow, Book 9)

by Janny Wurts

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The long-awaited beginning of the fourth story arc - Sword of the Canon - in the epic fantasy series, the Wars of Light and Shadow.Betrayed and double-crossed, Arithon s’Ffalenn is held captive by the Order of the Koriathain. The desperate Fellowship Sorcerers have gambled the weal of Athera and forced through the perilous bargain that spared him, as the last Prince of Rathain, and their sole hope of unity. To suspend the Prime Matriarch’s decree of execution, Arithon lives only to battle Marak’s horde of free wraiths, unleashed one by one from the shielding grip of the star wards.But on the day the last wraith is redeemed, the inflexible terms sealed by Dakar’s oath of debt will be forfeit…Against a backdrop in which the Religion of Light has undergone schism, the fanatical True Sect’s high priesthood stands consumed by its thwarted ambition: to conquer Havish, the backbone of order that secures the terms of Paravian survival. Now Lord Mayor of Etarra, Lysaer s’Ilessid must fight the pull of the Mistwraith’s curse, and battle for sanity to uphold his just ethic. Another young defender will stand at his side, newly sworn by the Sorcerer’s auspices.As Arithon’s life once again becomes the fulcrum that shifts the game board, Elaira’s choice might save or break the unstable future; while at large and answerable to no mortal law, Davien and the dragon that holds his service throw in the wild card no one predicts…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780007384471
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/27/2011
Series: Wars of Light and Shadow Series , #9
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 592
Sales rank: 630,476
File size: 7 MB

About the Author

Janny Wurts is the author of the ‘Cycle of Fire’ series, co-author of the Empire series and is currently working through the Wars of Light and Shadow series. She paints all her own covers and is also an expert horsewoman, sailor, musician and archer.

Date of Birth:

December 10, 1953

Place of Birth:

Bryn Mawr, Lower Merion Township, Pennsylvania

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Initiate S Trial: First Book of Sword of the Canon (the Wars of Light and Shadow, Book 9) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Countess_Kiana More than 1 year ago
I've been following this series since it began and I'm still a fan. The beginning of this book was a surprise; 250 years have passed since the end of the previous book Stormed Fortress. This provides many new characters although the major players with arcane longevity remain the same. While much of the plot was familiar (Arithon is still on the run and blamed for everything that happens) some of the sub plots from previous books have been resolved in that lapsed time. I enjoyed some new insights. Lysaer is portrayed in a more sympathetic light as he fights the mistwraith's curse. Dakar shows more competence as a sorcerer even as he no longer enjoys the Fellowship's protection. The connection between Arithon, the desert tribes, and the Koriathain Prime finally solidified for me. Overall, I thought this was a good addition to the series and I look forward to the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not too much new here except we jump 250 years forward.. this book was copyrighted in 2010 and the next book is not available. Still too many unanswered questions pending a future book. By the title, I expected some involvement with the priests but other than Lysaer using his power again, there was no real interaction. I have stuck with this series and would love to see it move towards closure. Then we could read some of her other books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Plot sloughs thru the verbosity until it creaks to halt
reading_fox on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The first of a new story Arc, a sub-series within the greater Wars of Light and Shadow. It is necessary to have read the repvious books, but probably not necessary to have done so recently, this book starts off with a massive leap in time, and is almost discontinuous from the events of the last book Stormed Fortress. Fortunetly for the dedicated fans, the writing and characters remain as enjoyable as ever, with plenty of new faces and plots twists to encounter.Rapidly apparent in the opening paragraphs is that a serious amount of time has passed, even though the world remains essentially unchanged. Some two hundred and fifty years have elapsed, Arithon has spent them sealed in a construct defusing the wraiths from Marak, but only as part of a bargain with the Korianthin. Lyessar has split from his religion, and no longer claims divine right, but the religion has continued on steamroller like, without him. Much effort expended in an attempt to curb the attrocitiies it commits in his name, but with Arithon's release the old curse stuirs up it's hatred again, somehting the witches have been hoping and planning for these two centuries. Their aim to break the compact forever, and grant mankind the right to live on the world unhindered remains, even though so doing may cause the permenant loss of something wonderful beyond human comprehension.Much enjoyed, and need to re-read to fully grasp the details. I still think the societies should evolve more over those sorts of time, and wanted a lot more details about the great betrayal. Somewhere it should have been possible to cast a 'when I remembered ..' scene somewhat equivalent to the various scying inot locations that happens. Even if arithon can't currently remember it, someone (Dakar?) should have been able to do so. I was expecting and enjoyed the various new characters, and of course the continuation of those capable of withstanding the ravages of time. I wasn't expecting new places to appear, previously undescribed powers. I'm not sure if I previously missed references to them, or if they've just been inserted into previously empty bits of the map. It was as unsettling as not knowing the details of the key events that happened between then and now. The above are however only minor niggles in another great outing and with another 300 years to fit into the next two or so books I'm sure there's even more action to fit in!
starstorm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
(spoiler free!)With Initiate's Trial, another piece is fitted into the gorgeous puzzle that is the Wars of Light and Shadow series, bringing it closer to completion. Although perhaps that's not really the right analogy, since each successive book doesn't so much fill a gaping hole as add a new layer of understanding and depth to the story. If you haven't read Wurts before, my only warning is that these books are not the sort that you breeze through... Wurts is a visual writer (makes sense, since she's also a phenomenal artist); she chooses her words with great deliberation for the utmost clarity and impact, and they are best savored like fine chocolate, not Hershey's :) For me, it's a treat to read these books more slowly than most others, to follow the action in my mind's eye with all senses engaged. I hate the fact that there are several years between each volume, but I absolutely understand that this sort of quality demands it, and I'm grateful she takes the time to do it right. Initiate's Trial begins a new (2-book) arc which leads up to the final (1-book) arc to complete the story. It takes place over a very short period of time, with a lot of information to be passed along from many diverse locations around the story (although in a quite clever way, I thought... certainly no infodumps here!), and for necessity a good bit of it surely is the setup for the next/final volume in the arc. We see the growth of existing characters while new characters are introduced and skillfully maneuvered into their supporting roles. More setup, of course, but many of them feel like old friends by the end of the volume. I'm a little sad that there are only two more books left in this series (unless length dictates otherwise), but I'm also excited to be that much closer to seeing the whole picture.
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The sun is shining today around the forest, grasslands and ocean. Mostly cloudy up north in the mountains, but not even a breeze blows.
sleo More than 1 year ago
I'll write more of a review later, but for now just want to comment on the weird fact that all of her ebooks are available only after you click on this one! What kind of idiot marketing strategy is that? How do you propose to beat Amazon with that kind of lunacy? Good god, Barnes & Noble. I'm rooting for you but get a grip! If you want to sell books, you have to show them as available on the main page, not as an 'oh by the way, there are more books by this author below'. STUPID!