"A satisfying finale to this epic trilogy"
The Emperor Leonid's death causes a succession crisis
that sends the Magravandias Empire on the verge of civil
war as conflicting elements squabble over the throne. The
Firemages have their own puppet they want to succeed
Leonid. Others believe opening the WAY OF LIGHT will point
to the truth. Desperate to avoid genocide, Dragon Lord
Valraven Palindrake reluctantly supports Prince Gastern to
ascend to the crown. His decision delays a war, but the
rivalry remains hot and any stumble will turn the empire
into a sea of red.
Valraven's sea-wife Varencienne, worrying about the
future of her adopted people, begins an odyssey to confer
with her mother, Empress Tatrini, but fails to reach her
destination. Instead dark magus, enemies of her husband,
take her prisoner. These malevolent beings' plans do not
care about body counts only the success of their endeavor.
Valraven must find a way to save his spouse and his world
even if he must go through the dark to obtain THE WAY OF
The final novel in Storm Constantine's powerful
Chronicles of Magravandias fantasy trilogy, THE WAY OF THE
LIGHT, is a thrilling tale. The story line stays true to
its predecessors (SEA DRAGON HEIR and THE CROWN OF SILENCE)
while allowing the key cast to grow as major events have
impacted them. The vividly described story line is loaded
with action that enables the reader to feel the empire is
genuine, but it is the strong personality-driven cast that
makes this tale and the other two books worth reading by
epic fantasy fans.
Harriet Klausner - Copyright © 2002
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted December 21, 2001