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Grand conspiracy
Wurts, Janny.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : HarperPrim, [2000]

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626 pages ; 25 cm.
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The powers over Light and Dark were channeled through two royal half-brothers, and together they used that power to enslave the dreaded Mistwraith. But in defeat, the captive placed a curse of hatred and vengeance on the princes. The entanglements of spellcraft and conspiracy could have terrible consequences.

Author Notes

Janny Wurts Janny Wurst began her writing career while still in high school, when she wrote several novels which she never published. After graduation and a self-financed trip to Europe, Wurts knew that she wanted to create something spectacular but needed life experiences to add a flavor of reality to it. While still in college, she conceived the idea for "The Wars of Light and Shadow." But she was also drawn to painting, and first achieved success as a commercial illustrator for major New York publishing houses, with the intention of using her skill to create covers for her own books.

After years of working as an illustrator, Wurts sold her first novel, "Sorcerer's Legacy," in 1982. It was followed by the "Cycle of Fire" coming of age trilogy: "Stormwarden" in 1984, "Keeper of the Keys" in 1986 and "Shadowfane" in 1988. Raymond E. Feist, a fellow fantasy author, asked Wurts to co-author a series set on the Tsurani world that he had created. The resulting Empire trilogy of "Daughter of the Empire," published in 1987, "Servant of the Empire" in 1990 and "Mistress of the Empire" in 1992, was an international bestseller which placed Wurts in the spotlight and named her a true fantasy writer.

The project for which she is best known is the "Wars of Light and Shadow" series, of which new stories are still being written.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

This hefty high fantasy is the fifth volume of the War of Light and Shadow, a saga that represents more than half the author's solo work. It may not immediately please the reader new to the story of the ruthless battle over the future of Athera--will Light prevail and suppress magic, to make the world safe for humans, or will the Shadow preserve magic and the nonhuman races? Even newcomers to the saga, however, will soon recognize fantasy writing of a high level. Both Lysaer of the Light and Arithon of the Shadow are able, charismatic, even heroic figures, but driven by their individual personalities and the demands of their causes to put aside much of their humanity. The focus in this volume is on the conspiracy of the title, in which the ruthless sorceresses of the Koriathain create a double to Arithon, a shepherd boy named Fion Areth, who is to lure the Master of Shadow into the women's trap. The desperate struggle of Arithon and the wizards who help him to rescue Fionn Areth, who believes all the vilest rumors about the cause of Shadow, makes a fine climax to the novel. Wurts is an accomplished builder of worlds, scenes and characters through well-chosen detail, with an ear for dialogue and an eye for realism--her shipboard scenes, the battling street mobs and the reluctantly taxed merchants are exemplary. Though not yet up to Tolkien or Jordan, Wurts is getting there, and fast. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

The defeat of the Mistwraith that threatened the land of Athera brought with it a curse upon the brothers who brought about its downfall. The continuation of Wurts's multivolume fantasy saga depicts the growing enmity between Prince Lysaer, the Lord of Light, and his half-brother Arithon, the Master of Shadows. The author's attention to detail and her skill for creating memorable heroes and villains lend a sense of immediacy to a tale of epic battles and great betrayals. For most fantasy collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.