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La Guerre de la Couronne, T1 : Forteresse Draconis (original 2001; edition 2012)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0553578499, Mass Market Paperback)The incredible new fantasy epic that began with The Dark Glory War continues in...
In an age of treachery and peril, a young thief may be the prophesied savior ... or the betrayer of the world.
From Michael A. Stackpole, New York Times bestselling author and a master of epic fantasy, comes a stirring chronicle of magic, intrigue, passion, and the most unlikely of heroes...
Once one of the grandest of human cities, Yslin now has a dark heart known as the Dimandowns. And when Will, an orphaned young thief from the Dim, plots to prove himself to his master by stealing a prize from the exiled Elves who share the fetid slums, his theft of the strange artifact snares him in a web of prophecy.
It also brings him together with Kedyn’s Crow, a shadowy human warrior, and Resolute, a Vorquelf determined to redeem his long-lost island home. To them, Will could be the fulfillment of a long-held dream and the last chance the world has to save itself from Chytrine, the northern tyrant who would be empress of the world.
But their belief in Will finds few allies in a world torn by war and magick. Preoccupied with their own internecine struggles, the world’s leaders see Will as a pawn. Only Chytrine seems able to recognize Will’s destiny, and she sends her Dark Lancers to destroy him. For who better to destroy a hero than the ill-fated heroes of the previous generation, survivors of a failed war to exterminate Chytrine, now corrupted to her service?
Yet even as Will is tested, a new generation takes up arms where their predecessors failed. Alexia, princess of a dead nation, leads an army to oppose Chytrine. And the sorcerers of Vilwan have fashioned their own hero, Kerrigan Reese, bestowing upon him powers and abilities no human has held for centuries.
Together these heroes travel to the mysterious Fortress Draconis to stop Chytrine from stealing more fragments of the DragonCrown — a powerful artifact that, once in her control, will guarantee her dominion forever.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:22:21 -0400)
Just as the Hobbit foreshadowed the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Michael Stackpole follows his THE DARK GLORY WAR with an epic series, launching with Fortress Draconis. Nearly twenty five years have passed since conflict rocked the world in THE DARK GLORY WAR. Now the survivors and a new generation of heroes must, however reluctantly take up the battle again. Their goal this time: rid the world of a mounting evil once and for all. Young Will may appear to be a lowly street thief, but destiny has other things in store for him. Kidnapped by the mysterious Kedyn's Crow, he finds himself thrown into a world of plotting and politics, wandering and warfare, as the cornerstone of a growing band of companions whose task it is to succeed where others have failed - despite the odds. With legions of fans, THE DARK GLORY WAR stand-alone novel provides the perfect launching point for FORTRESS DRACONIS and the Dragoncrown war cycle. In Stackpole's talented hands, the saga is destined to become a genre classic.
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