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The Veil of a Thousand Tears (The Pearl Saga, Book 2) Hardcover – July 19, 2002

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Bestseller Lustbader offers the second installment in an ambitious fantasy saga both sketchy and overly detailed. Having saved the besieged planet Kundala from destruction in The Ring of Five Dragons (2001), Riane, the magically transformed and gifted child of the Kundalan sorceress Giyan and the assassinated regent of the V'ornn invaders, stands revealed as the Dar Sala-at, the Chosen One of Prophecy. Now Riane searches for the Veil of a Thousand Tears and its power to release Giyan from possession by the archdaemon Horolaggia. En route she acquires information (little of which anyone understands at this stage in the epic) and companions with names like Tezziq, Rekkk and Thigpen. Resistance fighters, nobles and others pursue their own agendas through an impenetrable maze of destiny and double-crossing. While his blend of pseudoscience and fantasy owes a lot to Arthurian legend, Asian fairytales and the work of Frank Herbert, Lustbader creates a unique tale with the compelling style that has distinguished his writing since his renowned Sunset Warrior fantasy cycle in the 1970s. Unfortunately, maps and appendices do little to unravel the elaborate physical and sociopolitical background, swamped by an abundance of names and terms more easily gargled than remembered. Even experienced disbelief-suspenders will have trouble believing in members of a warrior caste who only know one swear word. Lustbader fans will be thrilled, but readers used to more mainstream fantasy may be daunted.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Fulfilling her role as the Dar Sala-at, the destined liberator of the Kundalan people from their V'ornn conquerors, Riane delivered her world from destruction by finding and using the legendary Ring of Five Dragons. Now, however, the world lies vulnerable to a plague of daemons, suddenly freed from their imprisonment by the cosmic energies of a dangerous spell. The only hope for banishing these creatures rests in the discovery of an ancient artifact known as the Veil of a Thousand Tears. The sequel to The Ring of Five Dragons plunges deeper into the history of the land of Kundala, unlocking new secrets in a fascinating world of forbidden sorceries and alien technomagic. A solid choice for fantasy collections.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Series: The Pearl (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Fantasy; First Edition edition (July 19, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312872364
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312872366
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.9 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,339,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Eric Van Lustbader is the author of more than twenty-five best-selling novels, including The Ninja, a New York Times bestseller for 24 weeks, in which he introduced Nicholas Linnear, one of modern fictions most beloved and enduring heroes. His New York Times bestselling novel, "The Testament," was published in September, 2006 and in paperback in August, 2007.
His novels have been translated into over twenty languages; his books are best-sellers worldwide and are so popular whole sections of bookstores from Bangkok to Dublin are devoted to them. The Ninja was sold to 20th Century-Fox. It is now in pre-production.
Mr. Lustbader is a graduate of Columbia College, with a degree in Sociology. Before turning to writing full time, he enjoyed highly successful careers in the New York City public school system, where he holds licenses in both elementary and early childhood education, and in the music business. He is a second-level Reiki master.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Arthur W. Jordin on September 15, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The Veil of a Thousand Tears (2002) is the second Fantasy novel in The Pearl series, following The Ring of Five Dragons. In the previous volume, Giyan removed Annon's mind from his body, stored it in Riane's body, and surrendered Annon's body to the V'oorn hunters so that the search for Annon will end. Kurgan played his father against Kinnnus Morcha until both are dead. Riane deactivated the Tymnos device by inserting her finger into the Ring of Five Dragons, but the Storehouse Door did not open. Riane then stabbed Malistra with a shard of oily heartwood and the sorceress died.

In this novel, the Dar Sala-at and her friends settle into the abandoned Abbey of Warm Current. Riane and Annon have become accustomed to residing in the same body, but Riane's mind is still producing moments of vivid memories from her forgotten life. Annon is uncomfortable with still loving Eleana in his female body. Giyan is also uneasy with her son residing in a female body, but she soon learns to love Riane as much as Annon.

Rekkk is still Rhynnnon, dedicated to Giyan's protection, and is now her lover, but her secrecy makes him doubt her love. Eleana is beginning to suspect Annon's presence within Riane. Both are Rekkk and Eleana are becoming impatient with their passive role in the Dar Sala-at's retinue.

Riane wonders why the Storehouse Door did not open for her to retrieve the Pearl. Giyan responds with the warning that the Portals between their realm and the Abyss must have been breached. Riane has actually seen a Tzelos possessing Rekkk. But this means that an Archdaemon has taken a host in this realm and is at work on Kundala.

As they are speaking, a daemon takes possession of Giyan. Riane is hit by a spell and knocked off her feet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 20, 2010
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Eric Lustbader is one of my favorite authors. I have been enjoying the Pearl series on the kindle, but this transcription is so full of miss-spelled words, missing letters, and just wrong characters (the number 3 in place of the letter a - How does that happen??) that you can't enjoy the story line. Your mind gets hung up on the errors and you get pulled out of the story. Some sections are so bad that there are errors every few words.
Who is checking the kindle content before it is placed for sale?
Bottom line. Read this one in paperback. Don't bother with this ebook.
Amazon - I hope you refund me the money or send me the paperback instead.
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By Lee Hanley on September 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Another epic piece of writing from Mr Lustbader. He is very much following the Robert Jordan school of writing where a whole universe is created complete with a different vocabulary, a whole history for two races and a complex story which is convoluted enough but delivers the final impact which moves the story forward into the next phase. It is worth persisting with, although keeping track of all the characters, their motivations and which side they are on proves impossible until it becomes clear in the end. One odd thing is that in order to preserve the mystery of the Kundalan world and the V'orrn there is no mention of space travel or vessels and they seem to be stranded on the planet - maybe all will become clear in the end.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robin Parrish on July 11, 2006
Format: Hardcover
When I read the 1st book (The ring of five dragons) several years ago I never thought that this one would turn out like this. Now after reading this one and the thrid book (The mistress of the pearl) I am completely dumbfounded and simply cannot wait for the forth book to come out.

The Veil of a Thousand Tears is a really good book for Adults. It is desriptive but not overly borining in doing so. It gets to the point and haves alot of good plot lines in it. I would really recommend this book if you enjoyed the 1st (The ring of five dragons) and if you like Fantasy\Science Fiction novels. Its sorta like Star Wars with Magic overtones.

Its a book for both Woman and Men and its over all good in the plot line, and keeps you interested so it doesn't get overly borning so you just want to skip the boring parts (because there isn't any) You want to keep reading so that you will find out what happens to Annon/Raine and you want to know more about "Rianes" past and try and figure out who exactly she is and who she use to be.

I couldn't help feel sorry for Raine in the 1st book because Annons personality just over ran hers all the time. This book gives the real Raine more of a chance to come out and blend in with Annon.

Its a really good book and I give it a big 5! I have already let one of my friends borrow the 1st book and she is already planning on buying a set of her own.

I just can't wait till the forth comes out and hopefully it will tell what happens to the Vorrn and The Kundlans I wait with baded breath.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lauren on August 12, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I found the first novel of this series," The Ring of Five Dragons" a very interesting read. It was a mix of science fiction and fantasy, and really worked. It had solid characters, an interesting world and a reasonbly strong plot. There were a few cliches, but overall it was an original story that latched on and kept you interested.
This second novel, "The Veil of a Thousand Tears" is a strong continuation and carries the same fast pace and characterisation. We see the development of Riane as the Dar Sala-at, as well as the result of Giyan's actions during the first book. Lustbader wasted little time before launching into the plot, as well as intorducing new characters for the ride (my favourite was Kugan's problomatic sister Marethyn). One thing I really liked was that the characters stayed in keeping with the other novel, and there was a pleasing lack of repetion. Lustbader never strayed into repeating the course of the other novel.
If you enjoyed the first of this saga, then you will enjoy this one. And if you have not read this firstrate series yet, you are in for a treat, do yourself a favour and get the first one and start reading!!
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