Stormed Fortress (Alliance of Light #5)

Stormed Fortress (Alliance of Light #5)

by Janny Wurts


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The spellbinding final instalment of The Alliance of Light.Though Athera may be free, the fight is far from over…The heartstopping conclusion to the Alliance of Light series brings Lysaer's army of Light to besiege the great citadel of Alestron. Master of Shadow, Arithon, with barely a moment's recuperation from his victory over the necromancers, has discovered that young Jeynsa s'Valerient whom he has sworn to protect, has joined the ranks of his disowned allies within the threatened citadel. Worse, following a failed rescue attempt, his beloved Elaira, his double, Fionn Areth, and the spellbinder Dakar are also trapped within Alestron's walls. The chancy wiles of Davien the betrayer must spirit Arithon across the enemy lines to attempt a bold and perilous rescue mission.Arithon must seek the heartcore of his talent, even while embroiled in a savage battle against those he has vowed to protect. But treachery strikes from deep within the duke's ranks. Lysaer's fanatics will be unleashed to claim their bloody revenge. With the Fellowship Sorcerers in mortal danger, and all under threat from a collapsing grimward, Davien the betrayer is unable to intercede to save his colleagues and so will be forced to invoke the dire terms of an ancient and most secretive bargain.Arithon stands alone at the hour of reckoning as the true purpose of the Koriani enchantresses becomes, at long last fully, unveiled – with the covetous Prime Matriarch now poised to snatch a prize, a prize beyond that of merely integrity and life…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780007217816
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
Publication date: 11/03/2008
Series: Wars of Light and Shadow Series , #8
Pages: 656
Sales rank: 636,755
Product dimensions: 4.30(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

Janny Wurts is the author of the Cycle of Fire series, co-author of the worldwide bestselling Empire series with Raymond E. Feist, and is currently working on the Wars of Light and Shadow series. She often paints 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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Stormed Fortress (Alliance of Light #5) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
sleo More than 1 year ago
Of all the superlatives I've used in reviewing these books, I have to say this one tops them all. The story comes to a thrilling pause on its way to the next Arc, which Janny says will be out in the Fall. "Initiate's Trial." I can hardly wait! Even though there is no cliff hanger here, the story must continue. I felt such sadness to come to the end (temporary, to be sure) of my time spent in the world of Athera. Sigh. You've got to read these books. In order, please.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The "final" book of the Alliance of Light is not the end of the story and there are so many unanswered questions that are not answered in the next book which takes place 250 years after the end of Fortress. The books are great - lots of action and character development, but what happens to Davien? There are several similarities to The Wheel of Time series including "passing the Wheel" signifying death. So, we go on and I hope for some closure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Janny Wurts falls back into her genius with Stormed Fortress--now finally available in the US! Ms. Wurts is an author who writes with infinite skill so these books are never a quick read as in escapisms, but every word is important and she builds and shapes a world that has more depth than most. Importantly, in ending this arc, she picks up the pace once more, and you will be unlikely to be able to put it down. A wonderful tale all around but be sure to start with the first story in the series (Curse of the Mistwraith). If you don't, you'll miss out on much and not understand many of the intricacies occurring.
reading_fox on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Superb. Classic epic fantasy from the first word right through to the final wrapping up of this arc of the story. Dramatic tension from the beginning and gripping characters throughout beguile and entrance the reader into one long journey of highs and lows.The Stormed Fortress in question is, as was foretold in the preceding volume of Traitor's Knot, Duke Brandion's Pavarian warded citadel of Alestron. Given previous opportunity to flee the Duke is secure in is knowledge that the fortress has never fallen, and even the vast might of Lyessar's Alliance of Light armies are not enough to scare him. Besides with Jyessa trapped within, the fortress also holds Arithon's promise to keep her safe. Arithon has changed - the perils of Kewar's maze have enhanced his natural compassion, and even to spare the citadel's population, he will not shoulder the burden of more deaths. This leads to all kinds of desperate straits, with the Mistwraith's curse still active to snare the brothers into unrestrained animosity. Meanwhile of course the Koriathians are still desperate to snare Arithon and ensure the Compact is broken, whilst the Fellowship Sorcerers are hard put to maintain their responsibilities as every manifestation of Arithon's ingenuity taxes already strained futures for the Pavarians and mankind's presence on Athera. Davien the Betrayer, is still active with his own vision of the future - but even he has promises that have to come due.There are a couple of very minor bits that could have been improved - mostly relating to events in previous books. Unless you have a very good memory (better than mine anyway) I find I can't accurately recall the precise details of prophecies that were detailed sometimes several books previously. Whilst the prophecy is sometimes mentioned, I could have done with a refreshing of the important details, as many of these now come due. Fionn's especially needs more detailing. And my other personal dislike is the continued practice of scrying into the next scene that happens occasionally.All the rest is magnificent, even if wrenching at times. I will never get used to favourite characters being killed, but the handling of death and importance of free choice is one of the key themes of the series. Elaria gets special mention, which given she barely featured in a couple of books is very gratifying. Her personal fate remains fraught with tension - and many question remain to be answered in next story arc. Lyessor also gets a lot more detailing and complex motivations rather than just becoming the focus of evil he appeared in some of the previous books.A real highlight of the series this is the conclusion to many of the storylines. Simply a superb wrapping up of many characters' complex fates, and a wonderful story. I'm sure I'll be re-reading the entire series several times, purely to wring more joy from this ending. Read them all.
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Territory<p> It is quite hard to place exactly where Pandemonium is. The territory is rather expansive, including a variety habitats from mountains to forests. In the northern reaches of the territory, several snowcapped mountain ranges lays, reaching high into the sky, seemingly going o for a very long time. In the east portion of the territory, there is the soothing sound of waves, crashing along the beach. The powerful ocean is there, testing the cats' endurance and the capabilities, especially with plenty of coves nearby. However, the southern piece is different as well, merging into a vast grassland. Right at the fringes of the territory resides a large, clear lake, perfect for fishing and finding water based herbs. Also, at the western border, there shows to be a lot of hills, a plateau. The tallest of these hills is nearest the forest, allowing easy access to a view point to watch for enemy attacks and each portion of the territory, in and within itself, gives Pandemonium an easy way to protect its extensive borders. Connecting the sections is a large forest, with many a running river flowing through it. Where camp resides is unknown, even the territory surrounding camp is unknown, except to those who know the territory well.</p> <p> ~LB</p>
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Read the above post!<p>~L&beta
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The Stormshadow packs ancestors are called the Star pack. We follow the Way Of The Wolf. It is our code. Here it is: 1: Pups must be twelve moons before they begin their training. 2: The pup is able to choose whether they want to be a fighter or hunter. If, later in their training, they lack the skill needed for the duty they chose, they will switch over to the other job. 3: Hunters may not fight, and fighters may not hunt. 4: Healers can have mates, as long as it doesn't interfere with their work. 5: If a beta dies or retires, a new one must be named before moonhigh. Stormshadows territory lay in the forest, with a mountain on the edge of it. We make our camp in a cave on the bottom of the mountain. Tunnels lead to all the dens. Our diet consists of deer, moose, and other such prey tht lives in the area. There are smaller snacks, such as rabbits or birds.~Vision