Warhosts of Vastmark (Ships of Merior Series #3)

Warhosts of Vastmark (Ships of Merior Series #3)

by Janny Wurts


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Janny Wurts’s epic tale of two half-brothers cursed to life-long enmity reaches new heights in the third volume, now re-released with a striking new cover.Tricked once more by his wily half-brother, Lysaer, Lord of Light, arrives at the tiny harbour town of Merior to find that Arithon’s ship yards have been abandoned and meticulously destroyed, and that the Master of Shadow has disappeared as if into thin air.Meanwhile Arithon and the Mad Prophet Dakar are travelling on foot through the treacherous Kelhorn Mountains towards the Vastmark clans, there to raise further support for his cause. But raising a warhost is a costly business. Is it mere coincidence that Princess Talith – Lysaer’s beautiful, headstrong wife – is taken captive and held for a vast ransom by a master brigand? The forces of light and shadow circle and feint, drawing ever closer to a huge conflict. And in the background the Fellowship of Seven Sorcerers and the Koriani Enchantresses watch and plan, and wait…

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ISBN-13: 9780006482079
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
Publication date: 11/01/2004
Series: Wars of Light and Shadow Series , #3
Edition description: (Reissue)
Pages: 576
Product dimensions: 4.30(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.30(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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Warhosts of Vastmark (Ships of Merior Series #3) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
SunnySD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Continues the saga of two half-brothers geas-bound and driven to finish one another off. With more than his own skin at stake, Arithon isn't managing to stay much more than a step or two ahead of Lysaer's army, and the Mistwraith's binding has wound itself to the point of breaking his sanity following his attack on Lysaer's ships.Newly bound by a blood oath to the Fellowship of Seven, the Master of Shadow is forced to put aside all scruple to keep himself alive. Lysaer, meanwhile, continues to bind the hearts and loyalties of the townsfolk to him.Wurts weaves an incredibly complex tapestry of people and events. Lots of action, plenty of heart-wrenching moments, and definitely a lot of suspense. Be prepared to commit some time to this series, however - these are not slim little paperbacks to be devoured in a hour's easy reading.
Karlstar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Despite the confusing subtitle, this is the 3rd book in the series that started with Cuse of the Mistwraith. The two princes continue their war of light (evil) against shadow (good). Driven by a prophecy that may force them to destroy the world, they struggle at times not to fight each other, and a times to kill each other. As you might expect, its the evil brother that wants to do the killing, and the good brother just wants to live and escape the prophecy.
AHS-Wolfy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Volume three of The Wars of Light and Shadow and concluding part to the first story arc of this series. The tale picks up immediately after events of the previous book (not surprising as they were originally written as one volume) with Lysaer using the Alestron mercenary force to bolster his attempts to track and kill Arithon who has fled to the craggy wastes of Vastmark. Trying to avoid an all-out war, Arithon's tactics are to delay and confuse his opponent at every turn.Bereft of the need for exposition and the setting up of plot-points and major characters, this book flies along. The depth of the characters and world building is exceptional. The relationships which the reader builds with these characters are remarkable and often gut-wrenching in their heartbreaking effects. If you are thinking of starting out on this series then be warned that it will need to devote some time to it as none of the books are quick and easy reads. It is worth the effort though.
reading_fox on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The concluding part of the opening arc of the wars of Light and Shadow. Initially written as part of the Ships of Merior it is long enough to stand as a book in it's own right.Having again decimated Lyesar's forces, Arithon again seeks to build his ships and retreat to avoid the travails of the Mistrwith's curse which still afflicts him. From his base at Merior he learns that Lyesar will not be so easily curbed as he can sway mercenaries from Alestron - the town who's armoury Arithon destroyed by accident a few years back. And so rather than endanger the gentle inhabitants of Merior - the widow Jerrese her children and Alestron's ex-guard captain amoung them - Arithon retreats again, this time to the mountainous desolation of Vastmark. This is again inhabitanted by the clanborn, shepherd archers. And again in order to refine these into a suitable force delaying tactics must be engaged before Arithorn dares to allow Lyesar and his vast army to close with his forces. Meanwhile Darkar is dragged complaining behind, bound as he is by the Fellowships geas, and determined to gather evidence that Arithon has been acting as Lysear casts for him, with devious intent. This didn't quite grab me as entrancingly as the previous two volumes. The plot seems somehow repetitive from the previous two, and whilst there is no way of predictin Arithorn's tricks, it is always now evident that he his upto something which takes some of the surprise out of it. Lysear is also very predictable again, and hasn't yet learnt that brute force will never win, something that should have been evident fro the first. Many of the minor charaters also get short shrift, Elaria is particularly notable for her absence, not even a mention in Arithorn's thoughts. Technically the writing is perhaps better than previously, certainly I didn't notice any of the tortuous sentances that had previously jarred, but I think I would have preferred more complexities in the plot, and taken the writing jolts. There is development of Arithorn, and Dakar's characters but only along the previously established lines. Maybe these criticisms many be less marked when considering this as part of Ships of merior rather than a continuation. Still very good, but perhaps not up to the standards of the first, but a satisfying wrapping up of the plot points established, and preparation for the continuation of the third story arc...........................................................................................................................................................After re-readA bit harsh - I certainly enjoyed it as much as the others on the re-read. The is a wider focus on the surrounding characters, although Arithorn does still have centre stage. Elaria Does get one critical paragraph of Arithon's thoughts, and we learn a bit more about the Korianthi order. Chief companion role goes to Darkar. Once again thecentral themes of compassion, the freedom of choice and humanities ability to self-justify along predjudical lines are fully explored. Continues to be deeply captivating reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Axiom of Hell<p> 1. We are an oligarchy. Respect and follow the rule of all higher ranks and the Praetors.<br /> 2. Titles are given on special occasions and must stay up to date. The more you have, the more experienced you seem and the more more and respect you will gain.<br /> 3. New Felis are killed on sight.<br /> 4. Secrecy is a necessity. Traitors and spies are killed on sight.<br /> 5. No emotions, nor talking, is shown on the battlefield.<br /> 6. Respect and trust is earned, not a given right.<br /> 7. Felis is ranked to Tiro automatically at four moons without ceremony. Autopromotion is otherwise prohibited.<br /> 8. Exo is held for Tiro training, outside of camp.<br /> 9. No assigned mentors. Ask anyone to train.<br /> 10. No attacking any Clan in a large, organized fashion. Only the Praetors may organize these every once in awhile. Unless otherwise stated, single and pair raids on a Clan patrol is fine.<br /> 11. Your rank must be in every post. Otherwise you are immediately demoted to Tiro, no matter your original rank. Asking for a promotion or title (medicine rated titles excluded) will result in a similar punishment or removal of all titles.<br /> 12. Members of Pandemonium must have the will to do any task.</p> <p> OOC Reminders<br /> a. No powerplaying or godmodding (names excluded).<br /> b. No ooc fighting. Take it to a private result. Includes no spamming camp.<br /> c. One week irl equates to two moons in rp time (at most).<br /> d. The breaking of the Axiom results in death, demotion, or worse punishment as the Praetors see fit. Banning is not an option.<br /> e. All inactive rp's (without warning) will be demoted to Tiro. This is ignored if the rp'r warned someone Dux or higher.<br /> f. There are very few exceptions to the Axiom. Arguing will most likely make things worse.<br /> g. No shortening your rank!<br /> h. Try to have two sentences per post icly (less enforced) and very little ooc messages (highly enforced).<br /> i. We are a Pact Clan. For more information on this, refer to &quot;phryne fisher&quot; all results. We do not &quot;attend&quot; Gatherings or visit the Moonpool. We also do not associate with Clans other than AshClan, HorseClan, NorthClan, RainClan, the rogues, SandClan, and the Tribe. No exceptions.</p> <p> ~LB</p>
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ignore this and read the above! Thank you!<p>~L&beta
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sleo More than 1 year ago
Heart stopping action, suspense, a complex and fascinating hero, magic that is woven into the fabric of the world instead of added on as an extra, beautiful prose! What more could you want?
ebw More than 1 year ago
I started out with Janny's book, "The Mistwraith" and have read all of the following books. I keep hoping we will see some advance and maybe conclusion of this series. Her plot is very detailed, and includes a full spectrum of characters. I check quite often to see if we have a new book avaiable. Keep up the good work.