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Night's Master (Tales From the Flat Earth) MP3 CD – Audiobook, Unabridged, MP3 Audio
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Among the most powerful of the demon princes is Azhrarn, Night's Master, who hunts the dreams of mortals and makes of them nightmares, and who sojourens to the mortal plane in the form of eagle, wolf, or itinerent beggar in his quest for diversion. After the manner of an Olympian of myth, he is ruled by whim, capable of saving an infant and raising him as a beloved plaything, then arranging a horrific fate when his ward rejects him to return to the mortal world, and inadvertantly sowing the seeds of his own possible doom.
After the manner of Ovid's Metamorphasis, In a series of successive, interconnected stories that span thousands of years in this world, Azhran is if not the main character, the only one who consistantly appears, and who acts as the catylist. The reader will swiftly fall in love with the lush, decadant, gothic atmosphere and the characters who make their way through it.
A blind bard with the power to know the history of any object he touches thus falls in love with an imperiled woman and vows to rescue her before they even meet. A tyrant is punished for his hubris. A deformed witch seeks dark powers as a means of revenge on the world that shunned her. Siblings that are one soul in two bodies, separated even before birth, struggle to find and complete each other.
But it is Azhran who appears again and again, and it is Lee's spot-on characterization that makes readers believe that the same being who views humanity as his playthings would, in the end, risk his own existance to save the world from a threat he himself inadvertently created.
On a side-note, I had the pleasure of listening to the audiobook, and Susan Duerden's performance perfectly suited the tale.
The stories are ornate, robust, and complex. Lee makes the entranced reader feel all of the subtle, and not-so-subtle emotions of the characters. This is one of the very, very few books that can pull the reader to a greater realm where they can learn more about even themselves.
Probably my least favorite Sword & Laser book so far.