First book of the new fantasy series by author of the Sunset Warrior series and the Ninja series. It's detailed and engrossing world is full of the fantastic and intriguing. It is all we've come to expect from Eric Van Lustbader.
Excellent book that is written very similar to the Narnia books. The genre is Sci-Fi, early Civilization. I would not classify this as an easy read but well worth the effort if you're interested in this kind of book. Book 1 of 2.
This is a fabulous and satisfying mixture of a scifi/fantasy story with excellent characters and a fast plot line. That is not to say it is a fast or easy read.
The scheming and twists and turns in this story are what make you keep turning the pages as quickly as you can. I have come to be very fond of Annon, Giyan, and Riane.
I have ordered the two next books in this trilogy and cannot wait to dig in!
The Kundalan people have suffered for a century under the viciously oppressive, technologically superior V'ornn invaders. In the resulting crisis of faith-why hasn't their goddess Miina saved them?-Kundalan religion has fallen under the control of evil forces within who forbid the teaching of traditional sorcery, pretending to have no magic of their own. The V'ornn's mysterious leaders, the Gyrgon, know better and search for the lost Ring of Five Dragons, the key to the door of the fabled Kundalan Storehouse, and perhaps to Kundalan sorcery as well.
But misused, the Ring is the trigger of seemingly inexorable annihilation for V'ornn and Kundalan alike. Now from among the oppressed must arise the hero of prophecy, the Dar Sala-at, who alone can wield the sorcerous power to save the world.
Thus begins a huge epic rooted in the conflict between spiritual and technological cultures. The twisting plot raises difficult and provocative moral questions in the course of a constantly surprising, sometimes shocking, fantastic adventure that will transport fantasy readers to new heights of enthusiasm, and make them ask for more.