Paths of Alir: A Pattern of Shadow & Light Book Three
no. 3, A Pattern of Shadow & Light
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In Melissa McPhail’s award-winning epic fantasy series, A Pattern of Shadow & Light, she introduces her readers to the realm of Alorin and a magical Adept race facing extinction. The race’s tragic decline is the result of Malorin’athgul, powerful beings from the fringes of Chaos, whose presence in Alorin has caused a shift in the cosmic Balance. Fate bends to their will, and this is set upon Alorin’s destruction. Alone in understanding the threat they pose, Alorin’s Fifth Vestal, Björn val Gelderan, has launched a desperate plan to stop them: a “great game” played upon the tapestry of mortal life. Now, in Paths of Alir, A Pattern of Shadow & Light Book 3, Björn’s Players have taken the field:
Along the lush Caladrian coast…the truthreader Tanis returns to the place of his birth and finds mysterious and wonderful workings waiting for him. But the zanthyr warns Tanis that ominous events lie ahead, and the lad soon wonders if even his mother’s magical lessons will be enough to keep him alive.
In the dungeons of Tal’Shira…held prisoner by the Adept Inquisitor Taliah hal’Jaitar, Prince Trell val Lorian is facing a life of enslavement. Only two paths lie open before him: one means an eternity of torture fighting Taliah’s attempts to break him; the other requires surrendering to her will. But can he really sacrifice everything he is to walk Taliah’s path of twisted magic known as mor’alir?
In the snow-bound Castle of Tyr’kharta...Prince Ean val Lorian must choose between saving his brother Sebastian or his loyal men. But to choose his men means leaving Sebastian to an eternity of enslavement; while rescuing Sebastian means abandoning his friends along with his honor. Either decision will test Ean’s newfound skills as well as his conviction, for as the prince soon learns: once a man becomes a Player in the First Lord’s game, not even death can give reprieve.
Perfection! Absolutely brilliant! Thank you for telling this story. I can honestly say this series is only getting better. I thought I was great before but now... Wow.
Relates well with the human condition and draws you in.
I feel like the author really understands the variety of struggles that people go through in understanding themselves and finding their path in life and that translates into well developed characters that have flaws and make mistakes just like the people in our real lives.
The laws that govern this world she has created are well thought out and again, mirror the world in which we live.
The plot is epic in scale and the number and variety of characters that we come to know makes this series truly enjoyable and draws you in, becoming real in ones own heart.
At the same time, she does not write a perfect world where people never fail and only the bad guys die. The protagonist must make sacrifices and suffer loss as everyone else.
This series is on par with The Wheel of Time but with characters that are deeper than the basic hero troupe of most fantasy books.
Other Books in This Series
- Category: Epic
- Published: Sep 26, 2014
- Publisher: Melissa McPhail
- Seller: Smashwords
- Print Length: 1276 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: no. 3, A Pattern of Shadow & Light