Traitor's Knot (Alliance of Light #4)

Traitor's Knot (Alliance of Light #4)

by Janny Wurts


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The gripping penultimate instalment of the Alliance of Light.When half brothers Lysaer and Arithon defeated the Mistwraith its revenge left them cursed to lifelong enmity.Having conquered the maze and acheived self-redemption, Arithon, Master of Shadow, is now the guest of the formidable sorcerer, Davien the Betrayor. No one knows how his influence will affect Arithon’s recovered mage power, or his newly awakened rogue talent for prescience.Meanwhile Arithon’s relentless enemies will stop at nothing to acheive his downfall. The Koriani enchantresses are determined to make him their captive and their pawn. And as the Alliance of Light fanatics regroup after their defeat, the core of their priesthood now stands corrupted by a dark cabal who plot to enslave their leader, Lysaer, and use the Mistwraith’s curse as their own private weapon to break the world’s order.The sorcerers of the Fellowship compact are sorely beset and the clans are counting their ruinous losses. Arithon, who holds their last hope of survival, chooses the most dangerous course: heart and mind he dedicates himself to avoiding killing, though allies and enemies muster for war, single-mindedly blind to the consequences.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780007101146
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
Publication date: 04/01/2010
Series: Wars of Light and Shadow Series , #7
Pages: 656
Sales rank: 637,705
Product dimensions: 4.42(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.48(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 through 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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‘Astonishingly original and compelling… A gifted creator of wonder’RAYMOND E. FEIST‘It ought to be illegal for one person to have so much talent’STEPHEN DONALDSON

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Traitor's Knot (Alliance of Light #4) 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
plutoplex on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Absolutely wonderful! An outstanding addition to the series and one that whets my appetite for more!
reading_fox on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Slower than the preceding volume, this is clearly a mid-series book building up to the grand climax. There a plot dependant reasons, but it's still a shame, that this is the first book of the series that didn't always hold me totally in thrall.Arithon ended the last book secured in Davien's retreat, recuperating. This lasts a year, and while the Fellowship Sorcerers are still recovering from the Korinthi's grand stroke against them, those left in the world must fend for themselves. For Feyland and Fiark this means business as normal, while Elaria waits in patience in Ath's hostel. Meanwhile the Forces of Light re-group once again after shattering losses inflicted by the Spinner of Darkness. A chance intervention reveals Lyessar to be in the grips of a necromancy cult - another force seeking the end of the Compact - and as the Korinthi manage to begin a new plot, it seems like Arithon's period of grace will be cut short. The beginning third of the book is quite slow. It doesn¿t exactly drag, but there is a lot of positioning of characters and moving from local to local - which is always slightly confusing. The introduction of the necromancy plot feels very sudden. There were hints in previous volumes, but it seems unexpected to the reader, given that the Fellowship have had many uninterrupted centuries to prevent such cult's formation, and the sudden importance awarded to them. However the change of pace from the anguished action of the previous book to the more cerebral and spiritual torments of this one, is a welcome release - something that might be permanently denied to Arithon!Once the plot is all set up, the remaining tow third of the book are as good as ever - Arithorn remains cunning beyond all expectation and despite suffering setback upon adversity, remains a potent force. The descriptive writing is superb, as ever, in evocatively capturing the tension of a few crucial climaxes without straying into insensitivities that other authors resort to. Apart from the slow start the other negative point, is the plethora of clan and town names and locations scattered over the continent. The viewpoint and references jump form one to another, and without a map and glossary to hand side by side with the text it is very easy t get lost in who is going where with what grudge against whom. However we are revisiting a few key areas from previous books and little reminders soon place the important details. The slightly annoying scrying from one location leading to text at another continues, but the chapter breaks are quite clear when the narrative is transferring voices. Perhaps not the highpoint of the series, but well worth the setting up of the opening third, as the dramatic ending leaves a lot open for the next volume.
SunnySD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Definitely NOT the place to start the series.Like the fabled Gordian knot, Wurts' plots are immensely convoluted, and Traitor's Knot is certainly no exception. Each character's thread flows to conclusion, and each book manages to build the suspense a bit further. Each small resolution only reveals a deeper dilemma. Be it moral, physical, or a combination of the two, the plotting and scheming seems endless, and the risk immense for the small reward of surviving to evade the Mistwraith's geas and prevent the fall of the Fellowship's compact for a few seasons longer. Wurts somehow manages to maintain the suspense - I have a nasty suspicion the end of the story in the series finale won't be pleasant, but I can't wait to find out.
sEllestrion More than 1 year ago
I love this book. I have read it 5 times now and I plan to read it a sixth time. It is simply amazing.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
It was wonderful to read this newest tale by Ms. Wurts. I was intrigued by Davien, and could hardly wait to see how his interactions with Arithon would develop. The characters and their histories are so complex. It is amazing to see how Lysaer and Arithon continue to grow and change yet maintain some of their original identities. Arithon has our hearts' and support, but then Lysaer has his own appeal. This is a fascinating addition to the series with its twists and conspiracies, and again I am left hanging wondering what will happen to this world and its many players. I certainly am hoping for the next installment to be published.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The characters of this book, this series are very detailed, very real. The characters do not go out of character to solver problems, they are who they are, which is entertaining. Very highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Along with Peril's Gate, this is one of Janny Wurts' best works. Now that Arithon has left some of his baggage behind in Kewar Tunnel, things flow really well and you'll constantly be on the edge of your seat. In previous works, the scenes with Lysaer sometimes made me count the pages until the next chapter with Arithon, but this time, even those scenes were awesome and interesting. As always the high level and depth that symbolizes Janny Wurts' writing is there and makes it so you can read the book over and over again, catching new stuff all the time. Traitor's Knot is definately one of my favorite books of all time!