Synopses & Reviews
More than five hundred years have passed since the legendary age of Camelot ? and the Stewardry, the magical order charged with protecting the old ways of power and magic, has fallen into decay, disorder, and distrust. Now Hywel, a new king promised by prophecy, has come to claim his crown. But as he journeys toward his throne, those preparing the way are besieged by agents of destruction ? from within and without. A great evil stirs at Hywel's coming, unleashing a corrupting power intent on his destruction and opening the gates to a hellish army that will sweep across the land and plunge it into an era of terror and darkness. As a sorceress born of an ancient bloodline sworn to defend the Stewardry at all costs, Alwen is determined to fulfill her oath. Yet when black magic begins claiming those closest to her and traitors plot to steal the Stewardry's source of power, she realizes that the king's survival ? and that of all the realms ? may require that she sacrifice her own.
"A fantastic history of Wales is promised but not fully delivered in Trahan's debut tale of magic, politics, and powerful women. Five centuries after the reign of King Arthur, sorceress Alwen returns from exile and is chosen by the leader of the magical Stewards to serve as his proxy in case of treachery. Alwen, who became a wife and mother while in exile, may have to sacrifice her role in her family in order to preserve the strength of the order. Though Alwen emerges as a complex protagonist, concerned about relationships with and among others as well as her responsibilities to her family and to the world, the antagonists are boringly self-serving and single-minded. While some scenes are poignant, and the depiction of magic is intriguing, the heroes are too good and the villains too evil for the attempts at complex political intrigue to work. Further installments in the series may add greater depth, but the opener has bit off more than it can chew. Agent: Jennifer Schober, Spencerhill Associates. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
More than five centuries after Camelot, a new king heralded by prophecy has appeared. As one of the last sorceresses of a dying order sworn to protect the new ruler at all costs, Alwen must answer a summons she thought she might never receive. Bound by oath, Alwen returns to Fane Gramarye, the ancient bastion of magic standing against the rise of evil. For alongside the prophecy of the benevolent king, a darker foretelling envisions the land overrun by a demonic army and cast into ruin. Alwen has barely set foot in her homeland when she realizes traitors lurk within the Stewardry, threatening to destroy it. To thwart the corruption and preserve her order, Alwen must draw upon power she never knew she possessed and prepare to sacrifice everything she holds dear--even herself. If she fails, the prophecy of peace will be banished, and darkness will rule.