A Pattern of Shadow and Light

4 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 13,156 ratings

Cephrael's Hand Publisher's Summary

"All things are composed of patterns...." And within the pattern of the realm of Alorin, three strands must cross.

In Alorin...300 years after the genocidal Adept Wars, the realm is dying, and the blessed Adept race dies with it. One man holds the secret to reverting this decline: Bjorn van Gelderan, a dangerous and enigmatic man whose shocking betrayal three centuries past earned him a traitor's brand. It is the Adept Vestal Raine D'Lacourte's mission to learn what Bjorn knows in the hope of salvaging his race. But first he'll have to find him....

In the kingdom of Dannym...the young Prince Ean val Lorian faces a tenuous future as the last living heir to the coveted Eagle Throne. When his blood brother is slain during a failed assassination, Ean embarks on a desperate hunt for the man responsible. Yet his advisors have their own agendas, and his quest for vengeance leads him ever deeper into a sinuous plot masterminded by a mysterious and powerful man, the one they call First Lord.

In the Nadori desert...tormented by the missing pieces of his life, a soldier named Trell heads off to uncover the truth of his shadowed past. But when disaster places him in the debt of Wildlings sworn to the First Lord, Trell begins to suspect a deadlier, darker secret motivating them.

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  • Book 1

    • Cephrael's Hand

    • A Pattern of Shadow and Light, Book 1
    • By: Melissa McPhail
    • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
    • Length: 32 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,623
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,450
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,445

    In Alorin...300 years after the genocidal Adept Wars, the realm is dying, and the blessed Adept race dies with it. One man holds the secret to reverting this decline: Bjorn van Gelderan, a dangerous and enigmatic man whose shocking betrayal three centuries past earned him a traitor's brand. It is the Adept Vestal Raine D'Lacourte's mission to learn what Bjorn knows in the hope of salvaging his race. But first he'll have to find him....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great Start to a new series

    • By Michael Harbison on 09-08-16

    Regular price: $41.99

  • Book 2

    • The Dagger of Adendigaeth

    • A Pattern of Shadow and Light, Book 2
    • By: Melissa McPhail
    • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
    • Length: 29 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,382
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2,256
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,243

    At long last, the reason for the blessed Adept race's decline has been discovered: powerful beings known as Malorin'athgul are disrupting the Balance and preventing Alorin's Adepts from awakening to their gifts. Who are they? Where are they? And how can they be stopped when they wield a power meant to unmake the universe itself? In T'khendar, Prince Ean val Lorian has forsaken his companions in blood and battle to join the traitorous Fifth Vestal in T'khendar in the hopes of gaining some insight into the tragedies that plagued his return.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very good second book!

    • By John on 01-27-17

    Regular price: $41.99

  • Book 3

    • Paths of Alir

    • A Pattern of Shadow and Light, Book 3
    • By: Melissa McPhail
    • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
    • Length: 34 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,737
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 3,491
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,475

    Powerful beings from the fringes of Chaos have come to the realm of Alorin. Fate bends to their will, and their will is set upon Alorin's destruction. Alone in understanding the threat they pose, Alorin's Fifth Vestal, Björn val Gelderan, has launched a desperate plan to stop them: a "great game" played upon the tapestry of mortal life. Now, in Paths of Alir, Björn's Players have taken the field.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Could have been great

    • By prettypenny on 05-26-17

    Regular price: $41.99

  • Book 4

    • Kingdom Blades

    • A Pattern of Shadow and Light, Book 4
    • By: Melissa McPhail
    • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
    • Length: 42 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 3,414
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 3,222
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,208

    After the events the first three books in Melissa McPhail's award-winning epic fantasy series, A Pattern of Shadow and Light, the realm of Alorin remains unbalanced. The Fifth Vestal, Bjorn van Gelderan, has cast his Players on the field. Now they must hold their positions against Malorin'athgul as well as their immortal allies. In Kandori...Prince Ean val Lorian is bound to Bjorn van Gelderan's game and to his sister Isabel, but Ean would rather be free of both of them. Yet he fears the game won't let him.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Awesome

    • By garrett on 03-25-17

    Regular price: $41.99