The penultimate volume of the mighty Riftwar Cycle. War rages in Midkemia but behind the chaos there is disquieting evidence of dark forces at work. Jim Dasher’s usually infallible intelligence network has been cleverly dismantled; nowhere is safe. He feels that the world is coming apart at the seams and is helpless to protect his nation.
Quiet palace coups are underway in Roldem and Rillanon; and King Gregory of the Isles has yet to produce an heir. In each kingdom a single petty noble has risen from obscurity to threaten the throne.Lord Hal of Crydee and his great friend Ty Hawkins, champion swordsman of the Masters’ Court, are entrusted with the task of smuggling Princess Stephané and her lady-in-waiting, the lovely but mysterious Lady Gabriella, out of Roldem to a place of greater safety. But is there any safe haven to be found?
Meanwhile, Hal’s younger brothers Martin and Brendan are attempting to hold the strategic city of Ylith against an onslaught of Keshian Dog Soldiers, and a mysterious force from beneath the sea. The Kingdom might lose Crydee and recover; but if Ylith falls, all is lost.An unknown player appears to orchestrating these conflicts. Can Pug and the Conclave of Shadows track down this source before Midkemia is destroyed?
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Awful narration ruined this
Why did they not stick to Peter Joyce who narrated all the first two books in this trilogy bewilders me. It's jarring, all the pronunciations of characters is not slightly different, but massively. Also the style of narration is flat with no emotion and monotone making it difficult to bother listening too. It may just be bearable if all three in this trilogy were read by the same narrator but to use one for the first two then switch is unfathomable and ruined the whole set for me.
Only as book not audio book unless it is narrated by a different person, steer well clear of John Meagher
Narration ruined this, so much so after 1/3 of the book i just gave up and bought the actual book and read it so i could find out what happens in the end of the series.
- martin farrington
i am so annoyed
Listened to all the others and Peter Joyce does a good job of narration. Imagine my annoyance to find him gone for the next one. I'm trying to listen to it, but an hour in i want to pull my hair out!