Fugitive Prince: First Book of The Alliance of Light (The Wars of Light and Shadow, Book 4)

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The schism began with two half-brothers empowered to subdue a Mistwraith. In revenge it cursed them to a life of perpetual conflict. Each believes absolutely in his cause, and loathes the other for opposing it…. Lysaer, Prince of the Light — a charismatic leader sworn to set humanity free from sorcerous oppression. He claims divine power to safeguard his people from an enemy he is convinced will destroy them. Faction is set against faction, heart against heart, and the scene is set for an explosive recurrence of war.

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The whole series is one epic story which is broken up into separate books. There are time jumps between the different Arcs, but each builds heavily on the story in previous books. This series by Janny Wurts, is subdivided into five Arcs. The Curse of the Mistwraith by Janny Wurts.

The world of Athera lives in eternal fog, its ski… More. Shelve The Curse of the Mistwraith.

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Read Currently Reading Want to Read. The Ships of Merior by Janny Wurts. Shelve The Ships of Merior. Warhost of Vastmark by Janny Wurts. Shelve Warhost of Vastmark. Fugitive Prince by Janny Wurts. One of the important things that emerges more completely in this book is that since their empathic connection while healing the fisherman in Merior, Elaira and Arithon are able to maintain an empathic connection with one another and are able to be aware of how the other one is feeling by reaching out empathetically.

The love that develops in this way is quite powerful, even though they are not able to be together because of Elaira's oath to the Koriani for celibacy and obedience.

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I only gave this one four and a half stars originally because it did not seem quite as compelling as the previous three in that the action sequences are spinning what is to emerge in later books, which I found as I continued to read. In my haste to see what happened next, I missed a lot. Also my hatred for Lysaer was carved into stone in this book. I can scarcely see how he can possibly be redeemed. His arrogance has no bounds, even though I can see his attitudes and actions are so twisted by the curse, it also seems as though the traits of his personality lend themselves to be twisted.

View all 5 comments. Remarkable installment of the Wars of Light and Shadow series, this one sets the markers even further as the conflict around the half-brothers widens and ramifies in devastating chains of cause and effect, deepening and widening the range of tensions and schemes, counterploys, twists of fortune, intrigues and quests for survival.

Lysaer, meanwhile, shows not only his political brilliance and unparalleled charisma, but carefully lays the foundation for creating a cult around him, which answers the need for security of the frightened masses after the events in Vastmark and wins the support of town leaders ready to seize the advantage his campaign against the Sorcerers and the Clans provides. Love and devotion now coupled with fear and blind faith, political incentives and manipulation of old feuds, for whatever interlocutor the prince seems able to find the right leverage, and strengthens his Alliance of Light: I personally loved to read about his resolve, about a prince deprived of his place, poisoned by the curse of the Mistwraith, who decides to overcome any weakness and bury all his passion, to devote himself entirely to the cause of justice and mercy, even willing self-sacrifice for the Light to prevail over Shadow.

Yet the seed of doubt remains, even under the spinning moral compass that guides his belief. The Fellowship of Seven is hard pressed to handle the events. Yet the temptation lingers, as they are burdened by the pain of having to reckon with one of the princes, essential to counter the Mistwraith whose threat is more real than ever and against which the Sorcerers have devised a star ward protection, probably piecemeal solution in the long-run , and of having asked the other one to stay alive at any cost, not only because his powers of Shadow are indispensable against the Mistwraith, but because he is pivotal to the Black Rose Prophecy and he is the last heir of a legacy they are sworn to preserve.

Their adherence to the rules and their oath to uphold the compact with the Paravians are not without immediate consequences. Arithon, now renamed Spinner of Darkness by his nemesis, perseveres in trying to escape the curse of the Mistwraith, which is growing stronger by the hour, while struggling to counter the Alliance of Light campaign of clan eradication. As the story unfolds, his suffering borders to despair and there is only so much one can sustain on his own before succumbing Enough to whet the appetite, but I am looking forward to continuing with Grand Conspiracy to understand how these elements will weigh in the balance of the tale also at this point, reading the short stories Reins of Destiny and The Sundering Star is a bonus.

I liked this part of the series because it follows the princes and other characters, too, particularly Lirenda, Caolle and Mearn play a vital role in the evolution of the situation, each spurred by different motivations and faction backgrounds, but all guided by their personal feelings and free will, for the good or to the detriment of their own causes.

Along with them, the complex character of Dakar provides moments of reflection and fun, as well as one cannot fail to notice the personal story of Morriel, Prime Senior of the Koriani and last keeper of the knowledge of her Order, now nearing the end of her prolonged lifespan.

Eldir, the High King of Halvish, neutral in the conflict but enforcing the Paravian charter law, whose temperance will be sorely tested; Fiark and Feylind, now adults and resolved to play a part in the bigger scheme. Elaria, the ostracized Koriani, sole possessor of a deep and pure bond with Arithon, currently entangled in the web of another tragic prophecy concerning the fate of a green-eyed child Amid this calm chaos, for fugitive Arithon there seems to be only one reprieve, to find the Paravians, mysteriously disappeared in the wake of the Mistwraith five hundred years before.

Again, another round of applause for Janny Wurts, who not only delivers great entertainment and weaves a story of relentless complexity with skilled narrative power, but also manages to balance all the subplots with suave control, and keeps offering well-rounded, developing characters, all set in an intriguing and multilayered universe. Just considering the first four books, the monumental work of planning in this series and the intense study and research that permeates even the smallest detail clearly shows, and enchants.

I particularly relished the many insights about human nature and about the strength of the internal feelings and external loyalties that motivates the characters to live and act, fail and succeed: Reflection on politics, religion, the core beliefs of a human being, how not to empathize? Fugitive Prince is certainly considerable, like The Curse of the Mistwraith , a stage setter of the story: I am less than half way through The War of Light and Shadow by Janny Wurts , have not reviewed the prior books, but feel a need to say something on finishing Fugitive Prince The War of Light and Shadow has been the second best epic fantasy I have ever read.

Fugitive Prince is the 3rd or 4th book in this series depending on whether you are reading hardcovers or paperbacks. I strongly rec I am less than half way through The War of Light and Shadow by Janny Wurts , have not reviewed the prior books, but feel a need to say something on finishing Fugitive Prince The War of Light and Shadow has been the second best epic fantasy I have ever read.

I strongly recommend you get the OOP hardcovers, because you will want to read this series multiple times. I would also get an eBook edition to help pay Janny for her creative effort and so that you can search the text for reminders which you will need.

Fugitive Prince: First Book of The Alliance of Light (The Wars of Light and Shadow, Book 4)

I can think of many adjectives to apply to the series but the one's foremost in my mind are musical, complex and gray—also fun. The prose often reads symphonically and creates moods and emotion in the reader, like favorite music. The world and character and plot building are multilayered and complex.

I hope I have enough life left to become as comfortable with WoLaS. And by gray, I mean not black and white, not dualistic. My favorite description of this sense was said by Delenn in Babylon 5, ""I am Grey. I stand between the candle and the star. We stand between the darkness and the light. I have never experienced this before.

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If nothing else, I hope my words will encourage others to read this incomparable epic fantasy. View all 3 comments. Oct 02, Stefan rated it really liked it Shelves: Looking forward, the forthcoming 9th novel, Initiate's Trial, will be the first of 2 books in the 4th arc, and the 11th and final novel will also be the final arc.

If you're keeping track, all of this means that the series' 5 arcs have a nicely symmetrical structure, and also that, just in case you're not familiar with this truly excellent series yet, you still have the amazing opportunity to read the first 3 arcs, which are recently all in print again, before Janny Wurts' next novel hits the shelves. She does this by recapping the events from previous novels, not in a "The story so far" section at the front of the book, but much more elegantly, by including those events into the narrative, often from a different perspective, so your understanding of the series deepens at the same time.

However, if your memory is as bad as mine, and you prefer a more traditional chronological recap, this can be found in a later novel, and there's also a book by book time line available on the author's excellent website. Fugitive Prince picks up close to the end of Warhost of Vastmark, and for fear of spoiling even the slightest bit of enjoyment for new readers, this review won't cover much in the way of plot summary.

Suffice it to say that the conflict between the the half-brothers Arithon and Lysaer continues unabated. The "Alliance of Light" mentioned in the title of this third arc refers to Lysaer's coalition of mostly townborn loyalists, built around a religion and a true cult of personality centered on him, with the goal of ridding the world of Athera of both his half-brother and the last remnants of the clan-born.

Many familiar characters from earlier novels return, and several new and fascinating ones are introduced. This being the start of a new arc, the plot logically includes a bit more set-up than the previous 3 novels did, making the first half of this novel probably the weakest section of the series so far — which isn't saying much, as it still sticks head and shoulders above almost everything else in the genre. However, in the style I've more or less come to expect by now, the midway point of the novel presents a tipping point, leading to a truly excellent, hard-to-put-down second half and an exciting finale that will leave you eager to get to the next book in the series.

One aspect of Fugitive Prince — and the entire series — that bears emphasizing is its unique descriptions of magic. In fantasy, magic is sometimes portrayed as an almost scientifically rational process complete with systems and charts a la Brandon Sanderson , or, at the other extreme of the scale, as unexplained and vaguely described hand-waving. To be fair, Arithon's powers sometimes lean towards the second of those options, but in Fugitive Prince you'll find a description of an elaborate spell construct by Morriel Prime that hits the perfect middle ground between the two: It's simply one of the most memorable descriptions of magic I've ever encountered in fantasy.

Then again, Janny Wurts' prose almost constantly hits that same level, with some of the most carefully worded and nuanced writing you'll find in the genre. While her style can be demanding on the reader, it's equally rewarding if you're willing to adjust to a level of detail and depth that's unparalleled in fantasy. Fugitive Prince is another excellent installment in one of the best fantasy series out there.

If you're not on board yet, seriously — go find a copy of The Curse of the Mistwraith now! Come check us out: The opening installment for the third arc of the Wars of Light and Shadow satisfied through multilayer revelations yet drove my yearning for more to even greater heights of tantalization. I felt less connected to the characters this time around, but fully entrenched and sated with the world building discoveries - the history, the magic, the conflicts across the ages. I thrive on the whisper of near-forgotten legends and thrill to the song of mystical cosmic resonance.

In anticipation for an in-d The opening installment for the third arc of the Wars of Light and Shadow satisfied through multilayer revelations yet drove my yearning for more to even greater heights of tantalization. In anticipation for an in-depth online discussion, I took numerous notes via my status updates comments, including spoilers, so I've done my due diligence and warned you away from those notes if you are a first time reader. If you need a refresher on plot points for a discussion, I hope you find benefit from those same copious comments. Fourth book in the to be eleven book series, and first book of the middle five book arc subtitled "The Alliance of Light", Fugitive Prince is more about setup than reward.

In many ways it doesn't offer anything new: Arithon plans some scheme to save the lives of those who look up to him while trying to avoid active conflict, while Lysaer tries to rally the world behind him to eliminate the evil of his brother. Arithon suffers greatly due to his overzealous compassion whenever anything goes wro Fourth book in the to be eleven book series, and first book of the middle five book arc subtitled "The Alliance of Light", Fugitive Prince is more about setup than reward.

Arithon suffers greatly due to his overzealous compassion whenever anything goes wrong, and Lysaer takes every and any possible challenge to the ideas he holds to be true as an attempt at subtle manipulation by some outside agent to turn him from his true duty. If this sounds rather generic that's because it's been the theme of the last two books. There may be some light at the end of the tunnel. By the end of this book, while it is clear that Lysaer has turned into an ego-maniacal caricature who has convinced himself of his own divine right to do what he will "for the good of all", there are some hints that just maybe Arithon has turned the corner.

I'm confidant he'll still be wallowing in self-pity throughout the next book s , but maybe it won't be quite as crippling. With respect to the greater plot, we get to see the Koriani undone by their own machinations. They attempt to ally with Lysaer against Arithon, something which may come back to haunt them in future volumes I still don't understand why they try to side with Lysaer at all There's not a lot in the way of character development for the main characters in this book, although a number of minor new characters are introduced pretty much all allies of Lysaer who appear will fill important roles in the future.

Overall, the series feels a little redundant at this point, as if the characters are treading water while the plot revolves around them. I've previously read up through the next two books, but I simply don't recall if this trend continues or whether it starts to gain real momentum. Feb 12, Amelia rated it really liked it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

To view it, click here. The fourth book in the Wars of Light and Shadow. Another ride with Arithon and Lysaer as they battle each other and the curse that has pitted them against each other. In this volume Arithon continues to try to carry out his plan to save the clans from extermination. His plan of stealing the new ships goes awry when the Koriani intervene and create a trap for him as well as an alliance with Lysaer. Arithon has to run in order to try The fourth book in the Wars of Light and Shadow. Arithon has to run in order to try and escape this trap.

By this time in the series, we know the two princes, or at least we think we do.

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I feel for their plights. There are so many appicable issues in these books that can make the reader question our own ideas of our life. This is not an easy read by any means. The ideas are complex and the plot is very complex. There is a lot going on in the book that seems to be passing tidbits, but end up having a much greater significance. Janny Wurts style is very educated. She uses very precise language that really deepens the reading experience.

One must get used to the style and take time to appreciate each little nuance. I started an easier book and now that style seems much more simplistic and forthwright than it may have otherwise. I recommend this book for mature readers who are ready to tackle an expansive series, with complex charaters, a great world and very thought provoking ideas. Feb 22, Jean Hontz rated it it was amazing. The War of Light and Shadow Book 4. Epic fantasy with a wide cast of characters in a sprawling landscape filled with pitfalls and betrayals and hopeless plights.

Two half-brothers, both poisoned by their encounter with the Mistwraith, their gifts twisted and turned to destruction of everything they care about. By book 4, the spell has nearly consumed Lysaer. His natural sense of justice is so twisted he no longer seems himself, and is consumed with destroying Arithon. Arithon is so harried and pursued across the world, he has no safe haven. All his allies are in deadly danger and under constant pressure from Lysaer armies of nearly fanatical believers.

Only his natural bent toward brilliant tactics and subtle planning have given him any hope at all of surviving and of keeping his allies alive. He hopes to find a refuge for his people, where he can protect them from the Alliance of Light.

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Intense emotions, depths of character, twisty plots and seemingly hopeless odds. All combine to make this book, as were the rest, compelling. Aug 03, David Cornelson rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is my fourth or fifth time through Fugitive Prince and it still stands as an excellent episode in the series. The machinations of the Koriani and Morriel Prime are the central focus of the book while Lysear moves Athera to a religious bend of the Mistwraith's curse.

The stand out scenes of this book are Dakar's unswerving and at the same time reluctant friendship to Arithon. But the pivotal moment is the expression of friendship and love shown in later chapters between Jeiret and Arithon.