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The acclaimed author of the Thomas Covenant Chronicles launches a powerful new trilogy about a prince's desperate quest for a sorcerous library to save his people.

Fire. Wind. Pestilence. Earthquake. Drought. Lightning.

These are the six Decimates, wielded by sorcerers for both good and evil.

But a seventh Decimate exists - the most devastating one of all....

For centuries, the realms of Belleger and Amika have been at war, with sorcerers from both sides harnessing the Decimates to rain blood and pain upon their enemy. But somehow, in some way, the Amikans have discovered and invoked a seventh Decimate, one that strips all lesser sorcery of its power. And now the Bellegerins stand defenseless.

Prince Bifalt, eldest son of the Bellegerin King, would like to see the world wiped free of sorcerers. But it is he who is charged with finding the repository of all of their knowledge, to locate the book of the seventh Decimate - and reverse the fate of his land.

All hope rests with Prince Bifalt. But the legendary library, which may or may not exist, lies beyond an unforgiving desert and treacherous mountains - and beyond the borders of his own experience. Wracked by hunger and fatigue, sacrificing loyal men along the way, Prince Bifalt will discover that there is a game being played by those far more powerful than he could ever imagine. And that he is nothing but a pawn....

©2017 Stephen R. Donaldson (P)2017 Penguin Audio

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I accept this gift

And therein hope to honor the giver...

When Stephen Donaldson put pen-to-paper, or pecks at his keyboard, I will stand until he is done. Any opportunity to watch his mastery with words is a joy. Any opportunity to enter his worlds so vividly imagined is a welcome Escape.

I look forward to delving deeper into this world, and hope for a satisfyingly rich trip into the unknown. You would be wise to join me if you enjoy a yarn of excitement and character.

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Clever Tale Hidden in Anger

Scott Brick did a good job of narrating this story. It took a bunch of tries before I found myself in the right mood to listen to this book. If you like Thomas Covenant series, you may like this one. Though that's not a fair comparison.

The main character is Prince Bifalt. I spent a lot of time mentally yelling at Bifalt. It's not like he is a bad person. He's just young, ignorant, passionate and too narrowly focused. The absolute certainty of youth. The disaster being created by blind rage. I don't love this story but it sure did incite a whole lot of thoughts and feelings from me. I can't help but think that's what the story was suppose to do. In that, this is a great setup for an epic tale of human failure and the hope of unplanned for triumphs.

I didn't realize how clever the story was until I was close to the end. Majority of the story narrative is in a depressing, relentlessly short sighted voice that begs to be ignored. But the message it holds is totally thrust in your face, put right before your eyes and, in a way, is brilliant.

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Very predictable !!

I'm a fan of Stephen Donaldson, But had very hard time getting into this book, And found it to be completely predictable.

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weak story with mostly drama

I've liked other Donaldson books, this one just didn't go anywhere, ended with a wreak transition to a second book, and had very little substance to it.

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awesome start to a new series

Donaldson starts a new series in an awesome way. A great storyline waiting for book two. Thank

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Oh my god, give me Covenant!<br />

The Prince really needs a good slap around. He makes Covenant look adorable. The End.

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