The Scrolls of the Ancients

The Scrolls of the Ancients

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For three centuries Eutracia was a land of peace and plenty, until the return of the Coven of Sorceresses and the subsequent rise and fall of the Gates of Dawn. And now a new menace stalks the land. A race of fiendish slavers are plundering its people, taking them away across the seemingly impassable Sea of Whispers to goodness-alone-knows what horrific fate. It falls to the king in hiding, Tristan, his sister Shailiha and the wizards Wigg and Faegan to begin unraveling the mystery, but to do so the Scrolls of the Ancients must be found and their secret language deciphered. It is a quest that will take this fellowship deep into the Chambers of Retribution, across the tainted Sea of Whispers to the sacred, shrouded Isle of Sanctuary. As they unravel secrets, confront creatures beyond their imagining and discover the fate of the vanished people of Eutracia, the true identity of the enemy is revealed: a master of the Craft of Magic whose powers, ambitions and capacity for cruelty and evil threatens everything the fellowship holds dear...show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 544 pages
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • BANTAM PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0593049632
  • 9780593049631

Author information

Robert Newcomb travelled widely in his youth as a member of the American Institute for Foreign Study. He now lives in Florida. The Fifth Sorceress marks his debut and is the first book in 'The Chronicles of Blood and Stone'. The second volume, The Gates of Dawn, is published in Bantam Press.show more

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The Scrolls of the Ancients is listed as the final installment of The Chronicles of Blood and Stone trilogy, although Del Ray announces signing Newcomb for three more volumes. The trilogy has not been a clean sweep with readers. Many rate its endless first 1,234 acres of exposition right up there with mowing the lawn for two weeks. And now we have a further 550 acres adding their swells of excitement. Newcomb chronicles the history of "endowed blood" in Eutracia, explaining how the prophesied two Chosen Ones, Prince Tristan and twin sister Shailiha, face the country's devastation. "Endowed blood" means that magic is passed on only in the pure azure blood of the Chosen Ones. Considering that Tristan was forced by the vile Coven of Sorceresses to murder both his father and mother, thus losing his kingdom, it's no surprise when his own son, Nicholas, becomes Tristan's worst enemy. It was the disguised sorceress Natasha who lusted to mingle her blood with the Chosen Ones. At first, Tristan wanted only to slog through his years on the throne, then retire and lead the Directorate of Wizards. But in the fall of Eutracia, the Directorate of Wizards is wiped out, except for Tristan's talkative tutors, the elderly wizard Wigg and the Wizard Faegan, who returns from exile. Can order be restored to Eutracia? Well, not when Nicholas leads an army of wizards and posts a reward for the capture of Tristan. It is Nicholas who has depleted the magic luster of Eutracia's Paragon Stone. Only the recovery of the Scrolls of the Ancients, an almost unreadable magic tome, can restore the Stone to its full power. But first there arises Krassus, the demonslaver, whose fleet takes Eutracians in chains to the evil Citadel, a place crawling with living nightmares. There also arises the fierce Tyranny, a female privateer, to help Tristan battle the demonslavers. Despite horrors, all ends serenely. Drudgery, not fun. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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