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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"All women are bad, in this trite fantasy"
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.
"I don't understand the controversy"
Many have accused the author of being a misogynist and the book a projection of the viewpoint. I don't see it. It's simply the sorcerers against a coven of sorceress'. Any way, this book is about a young hero that doesn't want to be one and his fate requiring him to be one due to circumstances.I thought the book was pretty good, though due to it being abridged it was pretty clunky. The narration was above average. I enjoyed the book enough to buy the second in the series and listening to it right away. Buy the book on sale because it is abridged.
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.
"I would certainly recommend this title, but..."
I enjoyed everything about the book; however, I do wish that this would have been an unabridged version rather than abridged.
The fresh take in this book and the unique storyline definitely makes this book worth the time invested in listening.
Some key points were missed in this book due to the fact that it is abridged. Listeners should be offered the opportunity to purchase an unabridged version of this title.
"The Fifth Sorceress"
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.
"A bit standard"
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.
"The Fifth Sorcewress"
This one was great, I hope that Mr Newcomb comes out with a continuing sequel
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