Prince Tristan is a reluctant monarch-to-be. Though destined by tradition to succeed his father as ruler, he is a rebel soul. And when he discovers the ancient, hidden caves where strange red waters flow it only makes him yearn all the more to escape his future duty...and succumb to the stirrings of enchantment within him.
But more than tradition compels Tristan to ascend the throne. The very existence of Eutracia depends upon it. For after these long centuries of peace, the old evil has returned, and Tristan's role in an ages-old prophecy must be fulfilled - or the cost of his kingdom and his people will be beyond imagination.
It will be a battle like none ever known, against an enemy whose thirst for blood and domination is endless and unyielding. And for Tristan, it will be the ultimate challenge: facing an adversary whose greatest weapon is the person he loves most - transformed into the instrument of his annihilation...and the catalyst that will doom Eutracia forever to darkness.
©2002 Robert Newcomb; (P)2002 Random House, Inc., Random House Audio, a Division of Random House, Inc.
"Newcomb may be a newcomer to fantasy writing, but it doesn't show in this surprisingly original doorstopper...it leaves you wanting more." (Publishers Weekly)
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This book was miserable, standard fantasy fare, poorly written with the usual character archetypes -- such as the, like, totally awesome main character who is ignorant of his destiny to save the world despite everyone else knowing. The only real twist is the bizarre underlying sexism that doesn't really relate to the plot, but simply seems to be the voice of the author. In this book, all the women are basically evil (and dress in leather) or simply really weak. Some of this might be forgivable if it was well written. It isn't. Stay away.
This book was barely tolerable. It was not very well written in my opinion. The story line was trite and jumped around with some very fantastical and unlikely sections. I'd not recommend this book too highly.
This is a story which is both well written and well read. I enjoyed it thoroughly and look forward to the next book by this author.
This book was the typical sci-fi work up in my opinion. It was good in so far as they go, but the story didn't seem all that original or consuming.
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