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Initiate's Trial: First book of Sword of the Canon (The Wars of Light and Shadow, Book 9) (The Wars of Light and Shadow series) Hardcover – October 27, 2011


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Product Details

  • Series: The Wars of Light and Shadow series (Book 9)
  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager; Library ed edition (October 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007362129
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007362127
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.5 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #593,129 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Astonishingly original and compelling… A gifted creator of wonder’
RAYMOND E. FEIST

‘Janny Wurts builds beautiful castles in the air … where every detail is richly imagined and vividly rendered’
DIANA GABALDON

‘It ought to be illegal for one person to have so much talent’
STEPHEN DONALDSON

About the Author

Janny Wurts is the author of the Cycle of Fire series, co-author of the worldwide bestselling Empire series with Raymond E. Feist, and is currently working on the Wars of Light and Shadow series. She often paints her own covers and is also an expert horsewoman, sailor, musician and archer.

Customer Reviews

The story is intricate and unpredictable.
KenE
This is epic high fantasy at its finest and immersing yourself in this world of beauty, magic and characters that are both real and painfully flawed is simply a joy.
J. Hulet
I enjoyed this book very much & can't wait for the next one to come out in this series so I can read it on Kindle.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Brian Uri on November 2, 2011
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(There are no Initiate's Trial spoilers in this review).

I have been a fan of this series since I fortuitously discovered Curse of the Mistwraith in an airport bookstore during a 1995 layover. Despite my feelings that Story Arc III of the series was a little saggy in places, The Wars of Light and Shadows continues to be my favourite fantasy series of all time. The story and characters are compelling and most certainly NOT cookie-cutter, and this is the only series I read and reread enough to purchase in multiple formats (the bindings crease apart rather quickly, and one novel may have had an unfortunate swan dive into a toilet).

This series is deep without feeling sprawling -- you may not need to remember the names of all five hundred cousins of the King, but you will constantly find that a passing remark or observation is unfolded in a later book, forcing you to completely reevaluate your perspectives. The onion-layered prose is thick but manageable, and rereads are always rewarding.

Initiate's Trial is the first part of the two-part Arc IV, Sword of the Canon. What this means is that the book stops at a reasonable pause in the action, but one more book will be needed to bring the Arc to a strong resolution. I rate this book at four stars now, but this may change once the "ending" book of the Arc is published.

Initiate's Trial is a brisk read, with a different storytelling style than previous books. Although the book begins long after the end of Arc III, it covers a very short window of time, which adds to the immediacy and intensity of the story.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sandra L. Jacob on November 8, 2011
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The tour de force of Stormed Fortress is a hard act to follow, but, as usual, Janny Wurts is up to the job. It's 250 +/- years in the future, Arithon is a prisoner of the Koriani, betrayed by a clansman who was one of the Companions - which event is foreshadowed in Stormed Fortress. Prime Selidie is determined to break the compact the F7 made with the dragons in the Second Age and will go to any lengths to do so. Elaira is now a rebel and travels to visit the Biedar in a bid to help her best beloved. Lysaer has gotten better at fighting the curse, but is having a mighty struggle of it. Asandir enlists the help of Daliana, a descendent of Sulfin Evend, to try to shelter him.

New characters abound, and the shades of old ones emerge. Dakar is grown up, now a skilled mage in his own right, but still funny as hell.

A rousing good read, the opening of a new Arc to be finished in the next book, as things gradually build to the ultimate climax... Wurts' plotting is superb and there is no guessing what she will pull out of the hat next.

I was moved to tears several times, laughed out loud a few times, and my heart stopped once or twice!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A. Siroky on November 2, 2011
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I love this series and have been a steadfast fan from book 1. This latest installment seemed a little wordy. There was plenty of opportunity for action and character development unfortunately it was mired in prose so rich the story itself was bogged down to the point of stalling completely. The description led me to believe that the story would detail the life of Airthon's dauhgter and her life amongst his enemies. Instead she gets a cameo appearance so short that I can't recall her name. All of the other stories contributed something new and I thouroughly enjoyed them. I found myself skim reading the majority of this book and sighed in relief when I finished it. I hope that the final two books return the focus to the story and cuts out the filler. I don't need every blade of grass described, I'd much rather find out what is actually happening to the characters.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mortal Peril on November 21, 2011
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First, I was very pleased to see this being released as an ebook concurrent with the UK release - first time in a long time I didn't have to shell out for overseas shipping.

Initiate's Trial continues with the tight plotting, strong characters, and rich prose that I expect from Ms. Wurts. I have always considered the Wars of Light and Shadow to be an excellent example of what an epic fantasy series can be when it's done with care and craft, and this volume only adds to that belief.

I was honestly surprised over how little I resented the 250 year jump in time (which had to happen somewhere in the series if it was going to cover the full 500 years suggested in the first book). Still, it left me with a rather bittersweet feeling to hear supporting characters I had come to greatly enjoy referenced as historic figures, or as the subjects of old ballads. There were a few events referenced in the intervening years (mostly in the decade after Stormed Fortress ended) which I would like to know more about, but not knowing the specifics does not interfere with enjoying this book.
**Read the glossary. You get some lovely pieces of information from the character entries there.

I did find the parallels to Curse of the Mistwraith (both overt and subtle) interesting. One minor (I mean, really minor) nitpick: a part of me felt like I should be taking a drink every time there was "peril", "puppets", or something was "inchoate".
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More About the Author

Janny Wurts is the author of eighteen books, twenty nine short stories, and the internationally best selling Empire trilogy written in collaboration with Raymond E. Feist. Her recent novel, To Ride Hell's Chasm, is a stand alone fantasy, with the newest in her ongoing Wars of Light and Shadows series, Initiate's Trial, just released.

Through her combined talents as a writer/illustrator, Janny endeavors to create a seamless interface between words and pictures. The book cover images, both in the US and in most translations abroad, are her own paintings reflecting her vision of characters and setting.
Her research includes direct outdoor experience, at times lending her sailing, riding and wilderness scenes somewhat hair raising facets of realism. A self-taught painter, she draws directly from imagination in a representational style evolved from pencil drawings to oil paint.
Says Janny of her work, "I chose to frame my storytelling against a backdrop of fantasy because I can handle even the most sensitive issues with the gloves off."
Beyond writing, Janny's award winning paintings have been showcased in exhibitions of imaginative artwork, among them a commemorative exhibition for NASA's 25th Anniversary; the Art of the Cosmos at Hayden Planetarium in New York; and two exhibits of fantasy art at the Canton Art Museum. The Delaware Art Museum has one of her paintings from its collection on display in the current illustration exhibit.
She lives in Florida in a state of creative havoc with a husband, two Bengal cats, three horses, and a back yard likely to be visited by wildlife, bagpipers, and sword bearing reenactors for period black powder demonstrations.