Korendir's name was the stuff of legend...
Man of mystery...deadly mercenary...obsessed adventurer...
From a life of misery, chained as a galley slave under the whips of the marauding Mhurgai, Korendir contrived an escape against impossible odds, only to gamble his hard-won freedom against ever more deadly stakes—in a world endangered by elementals, shape-changers, demons and perilous wizardry. Even Haldeth, fellow captive at the oar and his only accepted friend, can not understand what drives Korendir to repeated risk. But the hazardous tasks serve a madman's hope, to build an unbreachable citadel.
Yet, can any fortress wall be enough to disarm the inner nightmares that ride the Master of Whitestorm with the cruelty of a death-wish?
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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This was a good, stand alone fantasy novel. The hero is complex & very tough. The descriptions of horses & especially sailing scenes are especially well done. The author's obvious familiarity with these two subjects shines through. The story line is excellent. While not indicated by sections, there are distinct parts to the hero's life, each one building to a climax & logically leading to the next. The suspense never ends in a world that is complex & dangerous. The cover was also great & painted by the author. A very talented lady. I highly recommend it.
While from early in her career, this novel showcases Wurts' ability to create and develop characters with a depth and realness not found in many fantasy novels. Trying to fully understand the angles of and drive behind Korendir, the protagonist, is guarenteed to pull you into the story and take you for a wild and exciding journey. For readers of Wurts' popular series, 'The Wars of Light and Shadow,' this novel provides a nice foreshadowing of Arithon.
I was introduced to Janny Wurts by first reading The Curse of the Mistwraith and totally loved it, so was hooked. Being my compulsive self, I couldn't stop reading until I finished that series before working my way backward through her earlier works. This book tells the story of Korendir, first introduced as a galley slave. He's a 'typical' Wurts hero in that he's tough, defended, smart, prickly (extremely), and underneath it all, a total cream puff. Having been introduced to this sort in the Mistwraith series, I was therefore patient with him and enjoyed the ride through his adventures early in the book. As events unfold, we finally learn the reasons for his behavior, and he becomes more human. This slow uncovering is also a Wurts hallmark, and one that I totally enjoy. While I was sure that would happen, other plot twists are less predictable and we are served up the climax with psychological depth and deep understanding - another Wurts characteristic, which is only one of the things I enjoy so much about her writing. This is a standalone novel and a good introduction to the writing of Janny Wurts. The writing style is less complex than the style of the Mistwraith series, and so it's an easier read, for those who would like to dip their toe into the work of this outstanding author.