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In the Dominion, those allied with the demons of the Shining Court feared the bargain they'd made. For to the kialli, betrayal was a way of life, and every action was a means to gain greater power. And as the Festival of the Moon approached, the demon kin began to prey upon those in the Tor Leonne. But more frightening than their presence was their "gift" for the Festival, masks created not by human craftsmen, but by the kialli. Even the magic and knowledge of the greatest of the Dominion's Widan had been unable to discern what trap the masks contained - and time to discover and avert this menace was running out.

In the Empire, the armies were mobilizing for war. But before they carried the battle to the Dominion, Seer Jewel ATerafin would be forced to follow her own destiny. For what she'd seen in vision, she could not deny. And so Jewel, with only Avander to guard her back, would abandon House Terafin on the eve of its greatest peril and journey into the darkness which was fast overshadowing the mortal lands. 

And among the Voyani, the moment had come to make their final stand against Allasakar, Lord of the Hells, for they alone had kept to the old ways, guarding the ancient knowledge. But hounded by their enemies, and with one their greatest treasures hidden in the Tor Leonne, could they withstand the power of the Shining Court?

©1999 Michelle Sagara (P)2019 Tantor

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Be prepared for useless dialogue

Overall the story was good but the author likes to ramble on with useless thoughts that add nothing to the story.

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So many characters

The book seem to drag for the first half. I think this dragging is caused by the many, many characters the author introduces us to. I frankly couldn't decide what is main and secondary characters and of the main characters I found little to care about them.

The author tried to be mysterious and avoid saying as much as possible while filling her word requirement, this unfortunately left the narrative crawling and muddle because the author seems to forget when a scene is occurring and tends to skips between time periods within a single scene. The author seems to favour purple prose that doesn't move the story forward but only spins in it a circle.

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  • CeNedra Red
  • 12-24-19

Incomplete

Having read these books years ago, and loving them, I was really pleased to find them on Audible. Unfortunately, I will be returning this book (book 3) and also book 2 of this series (I already returned book 1), as it seems these are all that are available of a SIX book series. It seems redundant to me to keep an incomplete series. If, at some later date Audible release the rest of this series, I will buy them again, and will definitely keep them.