The Ruins of Ambrai - Exiles, Vol. 1 Author:Melanie Rawn A thousand years ago, Mageborns fled prejudice and persecution to colonize the planet Lenfell ? pristine, untouched, a perfect refuge for those whose powers were perceived as a threat by people not gifted with magic. But the greater the magic, the greater the peril ? and Lenfell was soon devastated by a war between rival Mageborn factions that p... more »olluted land, sea, and air with Wild Magic and unleashed the hideous specters known as the Wraithenbeasts.
Generations after that terrible war, with the land recovered from crippling wounds and the people no longer threatened by genetic damage, Mageborns still practice their craft ? but under strict constraints. Yet son long as the rivalry between the Mage Guardians and the Lords of Malerris continues, the threat of another war is ever-present. And someone has been planning just such a way from many long years, the final strike in a generations0old bid for total power?.« less
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At 830+ pages, this is the type of book most Fantasy lovers can sink their teeth into. The major characters are not formulaic because in many ways they are like most of us; flawed. This is not a critique of the writing which I enjoyed immensely. I just mean that the characters have depth, the world created is interesting and different with many layers to discover. A very fine read. I'll be looking for Books 2 and 3 in this Trilogy!!
I started this book and even though it was moving slowly, tried to stick with it. Then I found out that Ms. Rawn may never write the third and final book in the trilogy and decided I wasn't going to waste my time on something that may never have a resolution. I put it down.