The Fifth Sorceress by Robert Newcomb
(Chronicles of Blood and Stone, Book 1)

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Not since Terry Goodkind unsheathed the Sword of Truth has there been such an epic tale of heroism and magic that so captures the imagination as this monumental new work by a master storyteller. In The Fifth Sorceress, Robert Newcomb conjures a time and place wrought with exquisite detail, characters vividly drawn and deeply felt, and a history rich in glory and horror, splendor and secrets. . . .

“We gave them a chance once, long ago. . . . We offered to share power equally, and in peace. But they refused and chose war. With them it was all or nothing. Wizard against Sorceress. Male against female. Light against dark.”

It is more than three centuries since the ravages of a devastating war nearly tore apart the kingdom of Eutracia. In its wake, those who masterminded the bloodshed—a quartet of powerful, conquest-hungry Sorceresses—were sentenced to exile, with return all but impossible and death all but inevitable. Now a land of peace and plenty, protected and guided by a council of immortal wizards, Eutracia is about to crown a new king. And as the coronation approaches, the spirit of celebration fills every heart. Except one.

Prince Tristan is a reluctant monarch-to-be. Though born with the “endowed” blood that will give him the power to master magic, and destined by tradition to succeed his father as ruler, he is a rebel soul. And when he discovers the ancient, hidden caves where strange red waters flow—possessed of their own mysterious magic—it only makes him yearn all the more to escape his future of duty . . . and succumb to the stirrings of enchantment within him.

But more than tradition compels Tristan to ascend the throne. The very existence of Eutracia depends upon it. For after these long centuries of peace, dreadful omens have begun to appear, heralding something too unspeakable to ponder. And if indeed the old evil has returned, hungry to wreak vengeance, Tristan’s role in an ages-old prophecy must be fulfilled—or the cost to his kingdom and his people will be beyond imagination.

It will be a battle like none ever known, against an enemy whose thirst for blood and domination is depthless and unyielding. And for Tristan, it will be the ultimate challenge: facing an adversary whose greatest weapon is the person he loves most—transformed into the instrument of his annihilation . . . and the catalyst that will doom Eutracia forever to darkness.


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About Robert Newcomb

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Robert Newcomb is the author of The Fifth Sorceress, Volume I of The Chronicles of Blood and Stone. He traveled widely in his youth as a member of the American Institute for Foreign Study, studying at the University of Southampton, England, and aboard a university-sponsored ship in the Mediterranean Sea. After graduating from Colgate University with a BA in economics and a minor in art history, he enjoyed a successful career in business. He lives in Florida with his wife, a neuropsychologist and novelist herself.
 
Published July 30, 2002 by Del Rey. 688 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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Former economist Newcomb’s first entry in a projected trilogy, the Chronicles of Blood and Stone, takes as its central device “endowed blood,” a bloodline that links an individual with the ability to use magic.

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In addition to national advertising, media and store appearances in Florida and author participation at major SF conventions, there will be copromotion with Palm Pilot, since the novel will also be released as a Ballantine e-book.

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The azure glow to their blood gives a whole new meaning to the term "blue blood", and the contrast between the wizard's use of power and the sorceress's use of power is interesting.

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More telling, however, is Newcomb's romanticizing of his characters (unless one accepts that Geldon's token disfigurement, or Faegan's crippling are the equivalent of Martin's use of Tyrion Lannister or Brandon Stark, among others, to deconstruct and subvert the traditional characterization of th...

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(Oct 31, 2002) Robert Newcomb has fashioned a incredible fantasy epic with intensity so powerful I almost felt I was there.He tells the story of the land of Eustracia, a country that was focuspoint of a terrible sorcerous war between wizards and group of hideously evil sorceresses who plotted to ...

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(Oct 08, 2004) I try to be opened minded when reading fantasy, since it is fantasy.

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