Riane as the prophesied redeemer Dar Sala-at saved Kundala
from extinction by obtaining the RING OF FIVE DRAGONS.
Riane thought her quest would end with the ring. Though
she and her friends have temporarily saved their world,
their adventures have only started because the ring failed
to unseal the spell of sisters Giyan and Bartta that closed
the magical Storehouse Door allegedly containing the
secrets of the Goddess Minna.
The spell merged Annon Ashera's male V'ornn essence into
Riane's dying female body saving two lives, but at the cost
of providing an exit from the Abyss for deadly daemons.
Trapped daemons flee the Abyss committing atrocities in
Kundala. The only chance to stop the daemons resides with
the VEIL OF A THOUSAND TEARS. Thus Riane and associates
must complete an intermediate sidebar quest before they can
continue their efforts to open the magical Storehouse Door.
Part Two of the Pearl Saga, VEIL OF A THOUSAND TEARS, is a
complex fantasy tale that showcases Eric van Lustbader's
ability to make magical alien realms seem real. The key
cast members appear as genuine individuals through the
depth provided by the author, enabling the audience to
comprehend their beliefs, philosophies and religions that
motivate each one's actions. The story line is action
packed, well written, and can stand alone, but easier to
follow if the reader recently read the RING OF FIVE DRAGONS,
as much of the first tale's activities impact the second
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted June 23, 2002
Having staked his claim as a master of epic fantasy with The
Ring of Five Dragons, Eric Van Lustbader now returns to his
world of Kundala to unearth new riches of wonder and
excitement in this second volume of The Pearl saga.
With the help of her friends, Riane, the prophesied redeemer
known as the Dar Sala-at, saved Kundala from annihilation,
preserving natives and V'ornn invaders alike. Together, the
companions avenged terrible crimes and secured the Ring of
Five Dragons, but their struggles have only just begun.
The Ring averted doomsday, yet it did not open the magical
Storehouse Door as expected. That sorcerous treasury remains
sealed because of the spell cast by Giyan and her sister. A
spell to migrate Annon Ashera's male V'ornn psyche into
Riane's dying Kundalan female body. By combining them into a
single being, it saved them both and fulfilled the prophecy
that the Dar Sala-at would be "born at both ends of the
cosmos." But the spell also breached the Abyss, releasing
daemons who could wreak havoc on Kundala. The daemons were
imprisoned there aeons ago by the Goddess Miina. Now the
fiends must be vanquished, not only so the quest for the
Pearl can continue, but to save Giyan, who has been
possessed by the archdaemon Horolaggia. Their only hope is
the fabled Veil of A Thousand Tears.