Grand Conspiracy by Janny Wurts
The Wars of Light and Shadow (Wars of Light & Shadow)

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The Mistwraith, The Fog that once smothered the skies of Athera, has been defeated, but that very defeat has loosed a curse of vengeance on the princes who captured it. Lysaer, Lord of Light, faces his bastard half-brother Arithon, the Master of Shadow. Lysaer's thirst for justice and fair rule has been consumed by his battle with Arithon; Arithon must invoke the dark arts of Shadow to defend himself, or see innocents die. The enmity of the two princes threatens the fates of nations and the very balance of the world's mystical powers, in a sweeping, breathless fantasy of the realms of magic.
 

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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.
 
Published December 16, 1999 by HarperCollins Publishers. 640 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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For non-fans, the main attraction here is Wurts’s gnarled and often unconsciously hilarious prose (“Caught breathless by the speed of the wrestler’s jab that hooked the hinge of his knee and wrenched in a practiced move to fell him, the duke’s brother struck back with locked fists”).

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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 t

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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.

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