"exhilarating action-packed epic fantasy"
The beloved monarchy counseled by a wise Directorate of
Wizards kept the peace and enabled the Kingdom to
flourish. However, the Pax Eutracia ends when the
Sorceresses of the Coven return seeking victory at any
cost. The Coven loses, but devastates the land. The king
dies at the hands of his son, and his wife and most of the
wizards are also dead. Eutracia reels from the destruction
and lack of leadership to lead the recovery.
The Sorceresses compelled Prince Tristan to kill his sire.
He feels guilt even as he hides with his sister, her
infant, and the sole surviving wizard council member Wigg.
Joining the trio is wizard Faegan, who just came home.
They need to help the country recover, but new terrors have
surfaced. The source of all the magic jewels has
mysteriously been diminished leaving the wizards in mortal
risk of death and creatures created from taboo magic are
Volume II of the Chronicles of Blood and Stone, THE GATES
OF DAWN, is an exhilarating action-packed epic fantasy that
takes readers into a different realm where magic works.
Fans will value this novel because the prime charcaters
seem very genuine. Tristan knows he must redeem himself,
but knows not how. His sister has a baby to keep safe yet
needs to help her brother on his quest. The wizards must
use their magic to stop a vile opponent, but time and
ebbing power loss leaves them in jeopardy, a new feeling
for the immortal magicians. This powerful ensemble along
with a bunch of nasties will leave the audience desiring a
fast turn around for Volume III.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted June 2, 2003