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Prince of Demons (Renshai Chronicles Vol. 2) Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 1997


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Product Details

  • Series: Renshai Chronicles (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 704 pages
  • Publisher: DAW; Reprint edition (November 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0886777593
  • ISBN-13: 978-0886777593
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.6 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,655,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In this second volume (after Beyond Ragnarok) of her Renshai Chronicles, set some 300 years after her Renshai Trilogy, bestselling fantasy author Reichert takes readers deeper into the saga of Colbey Calistinsson and his determination to restore the balance between Law and Chaos. The ambitious dark elf Dh'arlo'me and his supporters have managed to substitute one of their own as King of Bearn, but the subterfuge is revealed when a loyal band of adventurers returns safely with Griff (rescued from an elven dungeon in Beyond Ragnarok), the last heir to the Bearnian throne. Dh'arlo'me also holds the powerful Staves of Law and Chaos, the heart of Bearnian succession and power. Retaining the Staff of Law, he offers a dangerous challenge: Colbey must find a warrior to wield the Staff of Chaos and face Dh'arlo'me in single combat for ultimate control over the fate of the world. The last half of this heavily plot-driven novel takes a strangely misogynist turn, as a plague of sterility temporarily reduces even the mighty Renshai swordswoman Kevral to the status of royal brood mare. An excess of melodrama and too many convenient plot twists make this second novel an uneven and unsatisfying middle piece to Reichert's latest trilogy.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Mickey Zucker Reichert is a pediatrician, parent, animal lover, and author of twenty-some novels including Renshai, Nightfall, Barakhai, and Bifrost series, one illustrated novella, and fifty-plus short stories. She can be found at mickeyzuckerreichert.com.

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Customer Reviews

There really doesn't seem to be much difference between them.
Ella
This is one of the most invigorating and interesting books in my personal collection, I would recommend this to anyone with an flare for adventure and action.
Jile
If you can relate to them, you may give this book 3 or 4 stars.
Poisoned Blade

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ella on July 4, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The ideas for this series were interesting, but this book failed to live up to my expectations and was NOT as good as Beyond Ragnarok. The plot was too detailed and spent way to much time with the psycho leader of the Dark Elves who is boring to read about and doesn't do much to advance the story. And I felt that the whole Light Elf/Dark Elf thing could have been done better. There really doesn't seem to be much difference between them.
In this book the character of Kevral takes a turn for the worse. Her inability to choose between Tae and Ra-khir becomes downright annoying, as does their continuing devotion for her. Also, I don't think it's actually possible for a woman to give birth to twins with two different fathers, especially if she had sex with them five days apart. And even if it is possible, adding it to the plot was just tacky.
Really the only interesting thing in this book was Colbey Calistinsson, a former human, now the Keeper of the Balance, and the conflict between Law and Chaos that forced him to champion Chaos and become the Golden Prince of Demons. The rest of the novel was worth about half a star.
Bottome Line: This book is an okay read, but don't spend your money on it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 16, 1997
Format: Hardcover
As a sequal to 'Beyond Ragnarok' it doesn't quite do justice. There are several different interesting storylines going on at once, but they all seem to end up revolving around family values. This book seems to me to be a little more light hearted, a little more directed to a younger audience than her previous books in the prequel series 'The Last Renshai'. By the end of this book you wonder if it will be worth reading the sequel. You know you probably will, just to find out what happens, but it's not going to be anything in the same spirit as 'The Legend of Nightfall'. From such a brilliant author (referring to 'Guardians of the Bifrost') this was a letdown.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tenku_yoroi@yahoo.com on July 28, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I really love this book, and the previous (Beyond Ragnarok). My favourite character is Ra-khir and Kevral, as well as Tae. Really good story, fast- moving but exciting and definitely not boring. I think the first is slightly better than the 2nd book, but I still LOVE the 2nd (this book) also. Good plot, many unexpected turns, good character setting. Can't wait to read the next book!!!
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By A Customer on January 27, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read Beyond Ragarnok, before reading the first trilogy. It was better than all the rest of the books, including Prince of Demons. Prince of Demons was a good book, but I think it got weighed down by the overdependence on moving too quickly, instead of completing the character development. The story of the elves was very interesting. However, the human characters we loved became one-dimensional. Hopefully they will be fleshed out in the next book. Also, all the characters seemed to be to young for all the things that were happening to them. However, the story is still interesting and I can't wait unt l the next book.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Taylor on January 3, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I Read this book and loved it just as I did the first one. The plot Is right on the mark with Norse Mythology and the plot Keeps you hooked onto the searies. The Characters are intresting and, just as all of Reicherts Books, the story in whole is excellent. I would only Suggest This book To someone who read and liked The first one and of corse, understood it. this book is worth buying ten times over! :)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 10, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed this book very much, and I can't wait until the next one is published. Although the ending seemed a bit rushed and the story didn't flow quite as well as Beyond Ragnarok, it was still very enjoyable. I had hoped that Kevral and Tae would get together in the end, though, because I like Tae better than Ra-khir. Looking forward to reading the next one!!!
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This is one of the most invigorating and interesting books in my personal collection, I would recommend this to anyone with an flare for adventure and action. The story line is smooth and well laid out one of the best I've seen in a long time. I would gladly buy it again and again, reading it for ever ^_^ It will and always remain my favourite series.
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