One of my favourite epic fantasy series.
With every new book in the WARS OF LIGHT AND SHADOW series by Janny Wurts, it gets harder and harder to write a review without either including massive spoilers for previous volumes or simply repeating the praise already heaped on it in earlier reviews. Previous volumes in the WARS OF LIGHT AND SHADOW series often included a subtle way to review past events woven into the actual story, often seen from a new perspective or with an added new twist. Having now read seven books in the WARS OF LIGHT AND SHADOW, I consider it one of my favorite fantasy series ever, and Traitors Knot is yet another brilliant part of it.
I could die happy wrapped in the beauty of Janny's prose.
During this time, a cult of necromancy sees the opening to invade Lysaer's budding false religion with blood magic and both Sulvin Evand and Arithon fight to save the day.
In Traitors Knot high seriousness and emotionally powerful scenes (including one of the grimmest chapters of the whole series so far, not to mention an unforgettable sequence of dramatic intensity where comedy and tragedy mingle unmercifully) are seamlessly accompanied by moments of clever humor, much to the delight of the reader and (some) of the characters alike; one of the many techniques in the boundless artistic arsenal of the author, who manages, once again, to reach the highest pinnacles of imaginative grace. I was thoroughly, sweepingly, utterly and inside out-ly manipulated by the author: from start to end this book delivered intense scenes with relentless pace, building on my awareness of the layers laid down in previous volumes that allowed them to move on all levels without explanation. Traitor's Knot is all denouements, the story unfolds at break-neck pace and I finished the volume within a few days and didn't even notice how absorbed I was, then I approached Stormed Fortress, the longest Arc of the series finale with high expectations, and again, no letup.
I am also happy to report that Arithon actually starts doing something in this novel, which makes this one my favorite of the series, thus far. He's been being built up with all of these interesting skills, but has been so crippled by his given gift of compassion that he's been utterly useless and only capable of responding to threats instead of taking initiative. I just want to see the characters starting to do things about how awful stuff is getting.
As I've said before in other reviews, I Love Janny Wurtz, if I can just read a single book, not a series.
Janny Wurts is the author of War of Light and Shadow series, and To Ride Hell's Chasm. Her latest title in the Wars of Light and Shadow series, Destiny's Conflict, culminates more than thirty years of carefully evolved ideas. Through her combined talents as a writer/illustrator, Janny has immersed herself in a lifelong ambition: to create a seamless interface between words and pictures that will lead reader and viewer into the imagination. Says Janny of her work, "I chose to frame this story against a backdrop of fantasy because I could handle even the most sensitive issues with the gloves off - explore the myriad angles of our troubled times with the least risk of offending anyone's personal sensibilities.