Janny does a superlative job of not just describing the process that it takes to do this, but also how the lingering effects of his complete loss of memory enable him to develop his skills in other ways. It's like the way that a person deprived of a primary sense, like sight, will often find that their other senses become sharper as their use is increased to compensate. Beautiful, lyrical descriptive efforts, such as the way Wurts envisions Arithon's use of his innate skills as Masterbard and skilled sorcerer to complete such a peril-fraught task even without his full training and heritage to fall back on, are what make this series something special.
For Lysaer, the imprisonment of Arithon has bought his centuries of peace from the insidious influence of the Mistwraith's curse. The stark, shocking realization that he underwent previously has carried over and he has distanced himself from the religion that he created to hunt and hound his nemesis and half-brother. Yet I loathe him still for being too cowardly to challenge and bring down the false priests and religious bigots who have overtaken his creation.
Inject into this caustic mix the ongoing feud between the Fellowship sorcerers who are tied at every turn as they seem to be outmaneuvered over and over again by the slimy and ruthless Prime Matriarch of the Koriathian. These overburdened, morally pure heroes never can seem to get ahead. I am left in awe of the fortitude that Sethvir shows as he reads the events of the world, at times powerless to intervene despite the incredible horrors that are being perpetrated on innocents.
There are bright moments, things like Asandir's continued role as Kingmaker, responsible for selecting and empowering the heirs to the Kingdoms and the awakening of the grand mysteries. Initiate's Trial is full of wonderful side stories as well. The youthful exuberance of young Clanmembers from Rathain who are bent on saving their liege lord, the humorous events surrounding the attempted execution of Arithon and his newly won friend, and finally the heart-wrenching service of the heir of Sulfin Event and her unstinting desire to save Lysaer from himself at any personal cost she must bear.
These are examples of the moral fortitude and at times misplaced loyalties that have been the hallmark of the ethical questions that Janny Wurts has made a wonderful underlying theme of this series. Is misguided loyalty and service in fact evil when it enables bad choices to go unpunished? Such great ideas to consider, amid a story filled with action and adventure.
I am a die-hard fan of Janny Wurts and I love this series. If you are just starting with The Curse of the Mistwraith or you are returning to the world of Athera after a break, I can assure you that this latest book is worth reading. This is epic high fantasy at its finest and immersing yourself in this world of beauty, magic and characters that are both real and painfully flawed is simply a joy.
I can't wait for the next book Apr 23, Kavya rated it it was amazing Shelves: At this point its hard to expect anything else from this series. Unlike the other books, I read this one after a bit of a break. The first thing I noticed coming back to the series was how easy it is to get absorbed in this. The writing is dense, lyrical and descriptive, as this is proper epic fantasy, yet its so easy to follow character interactions and imagine the scenes as you're reading them.
I'm not sure how to write a review for this series. Its honestly beyond my scope. You know how you get invested in series? With the best kind? Where you worry about the characters and the world and the problems. Janny has an incredible way of writing characters.
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Even when they frustrate you to hell and back, you know exactly what they're thinking, and why they act like they do. Honestly, this series has prophecies, magic, incredible characters, brilliant world building and all the richness you could hope for. If you're looking for a sweeping epic, this is it. Ignore my bumbling attempt at a review, and go check it out.
Another masterful example of Janny's writing, a roller coaster ride of emotions from tears to laughter and everything in between. I thought there was a bit more humour in this than we have had for a while, Initiate's Trial was a lot more fun to read. Many of the old characters have gone through changes, Arithon lost himself, Lysaer fights to remain himself, Elaira stands up for herself and Dakar while still being Dakar is a lot smarter than he used to be. Janny takes the time to introduce a new Another masterful example of Janny's writing, a roller coaster ride of emotions from tears to laughter and everything in between.
Janny takes the time to introduce a new generation of vividly depicted characters for us to get attached to, and there is plenty of trouble brewing to keep them all busy. Could not put the book down it was that interesting, just had to see what happened next. View all 9 comments. May 22, Karolina C rated it it was amazing.
Janny has me on the edge of my seat for nine books now! One of my favourite series that demands to be reread!
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After Destiny's Conflict of course: Can't wait for the last book! Initiate's Trial starts years after the previous book in the series Stormed Fortress but because so many of the characters have magical longevity it doesn't feel as though that much time has gone by: Arithon and Lysaer are still subject to the Mistwraith's curse; Elaira is still deeply in love with Arithon even though she hasn't seen him for over years; Prime Seldie is still plotting the downfall of Arithon and of 3. Arithon and Lysaer are still subject to the Mistwraith's curse; Elaira is still deeply in love with Arithon even though she hasn't seen him for over years; Prime Seldie is still plotting the downfall of Arithon and of the Fellowship; Lirenda is still jealous of Seldie I found it hard to accept that there hadn't been more changes, either in the society portrayed or in the ongoing characters.
There was a key point which I didn't remember from the previous book. It was a relief to know that I hadn't forgotten something so important, but I would like to know more of what happened then. Having said that, I still ached for Arithon on the run for almost the entire book and am looking forward to the next book. Janny Wurts has a beautiful, although very wordy, style of writing. Aug 13, Nicole rated it it was ok Shelves: When I finished the previous book, and with that Wurts' longest arc in this series, I thought maybe the creeping progress the series had been making might speed up.
I never imagined that she would do the unthinkable and go backwards, but that is exactly what this book felt like. Time-wise, this book moved forward, in fact it leapt forward years, to my stunned dismay. No worries, for now is apparently the time to start bringing back the essences of past characters, creating the unique experie When I finished the previous book, and with that Wurts' longest arc in this series, I thought maybe the creeping progress the series had been making might speed up.
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No worries, for now is apparently the time to start bringing back the essences of past characters, creating the unique experience of new characters who are yet old. But that's not really what prompted me to say we've gone backwards. What has is that the main character has no memories at the start and barely more at the end.
If the eight previous books hadn't been enough to prove Arithon's true character to us, I don't know what can, but I guess Wurts wants to hammer it home anyway. All I can say is that it was one of the most frustrating and maddening plot twists I've ever encountered. Will we ever make progress, I ask again. We did get hints of what Elaira is finally going to accomplish and a useful contribution from Dakar, but that was not enough to make me regret that first impulse I had to throw the book across the room after I read the first chapter and realized what I was going to have to endure.
This one was a weird read but amazing as usual. I was angry with Janny Wurts at first because of the timeline and because of the resulting loss of especially one character I loved very much, but Janny Wurts managed to make me embrace all those new characters. And while I've become extremely frustrated with "A Song of Ice and Fire", "The Wars of Light and Shadow" is still as exciting as it was since the time I picked up the German translations of the first three books a decade ago, time really do This one was a weird read but amazing as usual.
And while I've become extremely frustrated with "A Song of Ice and Fire", "The Wars of Light and Shadow" is still as exciting as it was since the time I picked up the German translations of the first three books a decade ago, time really does fly.
I simply can't wait for the next installment. May 26, Grimward added it. Truthfully, I had my doubts about leapfrogging that much time after the conclusion of Stormed Fortress, but as per usual Janny smashed all of those. The new characters provided us with yet another angle to see the returning characters from, and I was hooked from the middle of the first chapter onward. Highly recommend to anyone who's read the rest of the Wars of Light and Shadow series if you haven't, do yourself a favor and go do so!
May 02, Catherine Wilson rated it really liked it. Terrific start on the new story arc for the Wars of Light and Shadows series. As always, Janny Wurts paints compelling and vivid word pictures. Her action scenes pack a wallop and she keeps readers on the edge of their seats. Feb 28, David rated it liked it. However, it seemed like the author decided to put every word she could find from the dictionary in the book which really distracted from the storytelling. I don't recall the other books being overburdened in that manner although it's been a few months since I read them.
Mar 30, Sheral Berrie rated it it was amazing Shelves: I liked this book!! I still can't wait for Selidie to be taken down!!!!! Jun 30, Amelia rated it it was amazing Shelves: Another gripping tale in Athera. Excellent book in the series. If you're this far, you'd better just grab the next available copy and read it.
Jun 04, Linda rated it liked it. I feel like I missed a whole book somewhere, but this is the next in the series. Have no clue how Arithon wound up where he starts this books, and that question is never really answered. I went back and re-read the ending of Stormed Fortress to see what I'd missed, but although the potential "why" is sort of set up, the "how" is never only sort of hinted at.
It was a bit frustrating, as there were clues throughout the book, but no real answers. Kind of like I was supposed to know, but I don't ha I feel like I missed a whole book somewhere, but this is the next in the series. Kind of like I was supposed to know, but I don't have a clue. Also, I'd give this my usual four star rating if it wasn't for that. The book itself is really good, just the frustrations was Oct 11, Joy rated it it was amazing.
I can't believe I thought this would be a quick re-read in advance of the publication of 'Destiny's Conflict' - you can't rush genius! I'm now battling my impatience to read the next book and giving this piece of art due respect by savouring every page. If you haven't read this serious yet - I envy you, truly; the best read of your life awaits! Do yourself a favour - buy a Janny Wurts book today. So needless to say, everything here was really only vaguely familiar. Reading the first chapter made me remember why I had mixed feelings about the books a long time ago and why they took me an inordinate amount of time to read —Wurts very much enjoys the use of convoluted sentence structures, long sentences, and adjectives.
This was fine while the story was building, but in the various battle scenes I found myself skimming ahead because reading these long, twisting sentences was slowing down the scene.
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Throughout the book, I didn't feel as "left behind" as I think I could have, but there were surely things that would have made more sense or become richer in meaning had I not skipped from the beginning of the series to the end. There were quite a few references that I had to leave behind because I just didn't understand them, and while I feel okay doing that every so often, I realize other readers may not feel the same.
What I really admired about the book is that instead of turning me off the series for various reasons—too difficult to read quickly, the typeset is too small, I've missed a lot in between the last of these books that I've read and this one, and so forth , reading this book made me really want to go back and get caught up.
I enjoyed the multifaceted characters, and I really enjoy series where a set of characters are developed over the course of thousands of pages. This is certainly an intriguing read, and at some point I'll get my hands on the rest of the books to have it all make sense! Aug 03, David Cornelson rated it it was amazing Shelves: Initiate's Trial is such a different book from the previous volumes in the Wars of Light and Shadow series, it takes a bit of time to adapt.
First, we've jumped years ahead from the ending of Stormed Fortress and there are a few minor plot points and characters that get white-washed by this. In review though, no major plot points were left open in Stormed Fortress and so after the shock of missing so many great characters, you move on and absorb what is presented. A few new characters, the d Initiate's Trial is such a different book from the previous volumes in the Wars of Light and Shadow series, it takes a bit of time to adapt. A few new characters, the dire straights of Arithon, and the development of Dakar as a responsible, spell-binder not leaving out all of the buffoonery, which makes him such a great character.
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