The Burning Stone
An uncertain and uneasy peace has fallen on the kingdom of Wendar, but at the court of King Henry the various factions still jockey relentlessly and ruthlessly for position. It seems that the king's favor has fallen upon Prince Sanglant, his bastard son, and that he is to be the chosen heir. But Sanglant is too troubled by the recent past to seek that crown. He needs time to recover and, most of all, he needs Liath, the woman who saved him from his terrible captivity – even though such a liaison must incur his father's implacable wrath.
Liath, born with a dangerous power beyond her understanding or ability to control, is torn between her longing for Sanglant and the child they are about to have and the call of sorcery, which can open the way into the land of the Aoi, the Lost Ones. She has also learned that her mother, a powerful practitioner of the banned sorcerous arts, is not dead, as she always thought, and is seeking her to school her in the same arts.
And Alain, their friend and ally, although happily restored to the bosom of his family and married to the saintly Tallia, is in mortal danger from the curse of Bloodheart, who is reaching out from the grave.
As the fates of kingdoms shift with the changing fortunes of those caught up in the dangers of both civil war and continuing attacks by the nonhuman Eika and the Quman invaders, time is running out for Liath, Sanglant, King Henry, and the people of Wendar and Varre.
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|"compelling reading . . . The
Burning Stone continues the complex fantasy epic Crown of Stars, which
is set in a war-torn medieval-style world that resonates with authenticity.
Kings and queens fight over lands that once made up a vast empire, while
the common people struggle through the wars and political machinations
of the powers that be." SFX Magazine
"Elliott's writing keeps getting better. She handles a cast roughly the size of The Iliad's and still makes each personality distinct, and she excels at depicting quiet character moments." Starlog
"a captivating tale set in a bone-chillingly realistic fantasy world." Sense of Wonder
DAW Books edition (US & Canada):
US $24.95 \ CAN $34.99
ISBN ISBN: 0-88677-815-8 (paperback, August 8 2000)
US $6.99 \ CAN $8.99
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on-line from Future
Orbit (UK edition):
ISBN 1857239768 (paperback)
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In Australia, you can buy the book from Phantasia
Die deutsche Ausgabe von The Burning Stone (Übersetzung von Susanne Gerold) ist in zwei Bänden bei Goldmann erschienen:
Der brennende Stein (Sternenkrone
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2000. All rights reserved.