February 1, 2002
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0765303582
ISBN - 13: 9780765303585
Read from the Book
1.......................Mansuus, Mansuur Heavy wet flakes drift past the windows of the Liedfuhr’s study, each window hung with maroon velvet drawn back to reveal an early-spring snow that has already dropped more than half a yard of whiteness on the city, and on the ice that still covers the River Toksul.The man who stands before the windows, looking out, wears a sky-blue tunic with a silver chain bearing the amulet-seal of the Liedfuhr of Mansuur around his neck and a mourning band of black and maroon upon his left arm. For a moment, his hard green eyes flick to the ice-and-snow-covered river that cuts through the city, if well below and beyond the hill on which the palace rests. Then, he turns, standing beside the polished wooden desk that has graced the study for three generations, and asks, “You think Neserea will fall before harvest?”“As matters now proceed, it is most likely,” replies the trim overcaptain in the maroon uniform of the Mansuuran Lancers. There are but a few streaks of raven black amid the silver-gray of the lancer’s short hair. His thin eyebrows are silvered as well, but the dark eyes are deep and intent. “Despite the efforts of the Sorceress of Defalk, Aerlya and Annalyal hold but an area little more than a hundred desks around Esaria.”“If we dispatch the fifty companies of lancers from Unduval? Then what, Bassil?” Kestrin runs his right hand through short-cropped brown hair that is already half-gray, although he will not reach his full second score of
From the Publisher
The Climax of The Spellsong Cycle
Secca, foster daughter of the Soprano Sorceress, and now her successor as Sorceress Protector of Defalk, must deal carefully with her willful master and wield her power to save his kingdom from the armies, fleets and master sorcerers of the Maitre of Sturinn. Faced with seemingly insurmountable odds, she is forced to test her own powers over and over again, while teaching her new husband and her inexperienced apprentice the skills they will need to aid her in creating spells powerful enough to shake the foundations of the world.
From the Jacket
This is the second novel featuring the sorceress Secca, the principal foster daughter of Anna, the Soprano Sorceress. It is a direct sequel to The Shadow Sorceress, and the fifth and final novel in the Spellsong Cycle.
Secca has succeeded in delaying the conquest of DeFalk by taking the battle to the enemy and sinking an invasion fleet. Yet even greater dangers loom because she can't be everywhere at once. She is newly married to her ally, Alcaren, the man who saved her life. Now, she must help him reach a higher level of sorcery than ever before. Richina, her young apprentice, must also
redouble her efforts.
Fearing a never-ending swarm of attackers from the home islands of the Sturrinese, Secca makes a bold and challenging voyage to those islands and conjures a massive eruption that wipes out most of the power base and population of the islands. But she must still face the most powerful wizard in the world, at the head of a great army and supported by many more wizards than she has ever had to fight before. As uncertain as ever of the extent of her abilities and of her stamina for endless battles, she desperately fights
on against what seem overwhelming odds.
About the Author
L. E. Modesitt, Jr. lives in Cedar City, Utah.
"It merits the highest recommendation, which will surprise Spellsong devotees not at all." -Booklist (starred review)
"Modesitt's characters and settings are so well developed they become enshrined in our imaginations. It will be hard to say farewell to this magical land where music and song are the medium of spells."--Romantic Times