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Where there is light, there must always be shadow… The fourth volume in Janny Wurts’s spectacular epic fantasy, now re-released with a striking new cover design along with the rest of the series.The curse that hangs over the Master of Shadow, Arithon, and Lord of Light, Lysaer, is drawing the two half-brothers ever closer towards direct conflict. For the Natural Balance toWhere there is light, there must always be shadow… The fourth volume in Janny Wurts’s spectacular epic fantasy, now re-released with a striking new cover design along with the rest of the series.The curse that hangs over the Master of Shadow, Arithon, and Lord of Light, Lysaer, is drawing the two half-brothers ever closer towards direct conflict. For the Natural Balance to be maintained, the two must never fight. If they do, one is sure to perish and the Mistwraith will regain its evil power over their world.Even now, Lysaer – convinced of his own godhead and aided by the treacherous Koriani Sisterhood – is tracking Arithon the Masterbard through the snows and wastes of the winter-locked mountains and the Barrens of Daon Ramon. Arithon is tortured by the knowledge that for the sake of future generations he must not be killed, no matter the cost of others’ lives now. Fighting valiantly to prevent unnecessary suffering, he strikes out on his own; but he is injured and failing fast.Meanwhile, the ancient Paravians are stirring, summoned by trespassers on their sacred domain; and the Fellowship of Seven are battling on many other fronts, as the Mistwraith’s wards begin to break, and khadrim and free wraiths roam the land…...

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Peril's Gate Reviews

  • Alissa
    2018-12-07 01:37

    Whole series spoiler freeAwesome ending to an awesome book. I have finished Peril’s Gate so I am slightly more than half-way through the series and seamlessly enjoying the journey so far. The latest developments of the story really prompted me for a look back at the series from where I am. I loved the series and I had high expectancies, but the emotional impact of this book, along with the revelations, the grim, the hope, the brutal pace and the unforeseen twists of the story, all served with a gorgeous writing style, had me totally, utterly and helplessly enraptured.This is a series that sticks, within. And I don’t think time will prove me false (to date, I’m reading Stormed Fortress, the end of the Alliance of Light Arc, I am basically devouring the pages, and decided to finish this review before adding too many layers of impressions). Peril’s Gate, which is both deep and fast-paced, triggered all sorts of considerations.I guess this is the “tipping point” in the Alliance of Light Arc where the story starts to run back over itself in bigger and bigger ripples, where the unveilings are moving all the markers (yet again, last time was Fugitive Prince where the conflict acquired a worldwide scope and the stage was set accordingly) and shift my perspective as reader, at the same time as things pick up speed, going forward. Also, all the books offer both action-packed scenes and more explanatory chapters that deepen the knowledge and the mystery. This style adds to my enjoyment immensely. Immediately after this book I've read Traitor's Knot and the story is even intensifying into convergence with no letup in pace. Wurts has proven herself a master of suspense, the delivery is there, and with each title in the series, it builds tighter and faster.Original, trope-upending and clever clever clever plot. The story is clearly not linear, it progresses in spirals and the reader's viewpoint of events continues to rise and deepen, and to re-form the prior awareness; Peril's Gate proves the point with stark clarity, this kind of folding back on the threads to open up more information the further one reads requires some focus, and this progressive shifting of the vantage narrative technique relies on the fact that all the previous books have been read. Being on lookout for nuances while going with the story flow is one of the many layers of entertainment I love in this series, all the more now, because I'm aware there are many subtleties at play, of different nature (this adds to the game immensely). The story spans many years and it's divided in logical Arcs, but the access point I would recommend in hindsight is, indeed, book 1, The Curse of the Mistwraith. Or, for a twist, this very same book, Peril’s Gate, where the convergence hits most heavily. The long range nature of this tale is truly truly amazing, the longer I read, the more rewarding the experience gets.Harmony and balance. The story can really verge on the grim, bleak and bloody, but it is always, if not outright, followed by transcendence and even the grittiest subjects, handled with the gloves off, integrate with artistry and purpose. This goes for the bright and humorous facets as well. Wurts does not want to shock graphically, but she successfully evokes the reader's emotions to experience the story for himself, and the series draws off the full spectrum in human outlook, there is beauty and horror, grace and downfall - the full balance is present.The world of Athera is very deep, very high, and restricted by a precise compact from certain kinds of development. If I ever thought to miss multiple continents full of different flavors of strife (which I didn't in this case), it becomes clear there is a reason for the selective focus, particularly the avoidance of story loose ends (no sprawl!) and the complex, huge worldbuilding which lends solidity to Athera itself. Peril’s Gate shows quite clearly why many aspects of the world were disclosed very gradually, even if the workings of, say, the Sorcerers or the Koriathain are described in detail in the first books, where the knowledge as the whys and hows is limited.The prose, ah! Painting words. The rich style fits the story; it is an element in its own right, for both the serious and playful parts. It is meant to create an immersive reading experience and it reads extremely smoothly when the reader comes to expect to visualize and sense what is happening in the book. The final chapters of Peril’s Gate are a fitting testimony to the many techniques applied and the role played by the reader emotions during the characters ordeals. Janny Wurts writes with purpose and never neutrally. She marries the complexity of the English language with the complexity of the story and the characters. A rich use of adjectives often arranged in unexpected combinations enables her to express all the nuances of what is real and what is perception, and her whole narrative seeks out a kind of precision that goes beyond simple descriptions and dialogues. From the pages one can feel her background as painter and musician, and her experiences with sailing, horse raiding and mountaineering, so infused in the action.Deep characters and deep motivations. All the characters are complex and layered. I interpreted them differently as the story progressed and shifted my perceptions, the focus is on depth anyway, and much care is put into characterization and study of the human spirit, in all its forms. Some are not predictable at first: Arithon, Lysaer and the Sorcerers can be hermetic in the first book, the reader is not spoon-fed the “truth” or the whole logic behind their behaviours, and one is sometimes lured into false perceptions coming from unreliable POVs, and deliberately shown just a little insight pertaining the active forces of Athera and the real plight of the land. More pieces of the puzzle click into place in the following books, but never all at once or in sequence, and the cohesive picture starts to reveal itself. I like to engage my brains, and part of the fun of this series and its layered plot/character structure is, after all, the clobbering of my assumptions headlong.Huge, insane amounts of research behind the descriptions, and of planning behind the scenes. No coincidence that hints or baffling facts or simple happenings in one book lay the groundwork for whole scenes, or a massive revelation one or even more books later. It means it is carefully designed, tended, built and delivered to maximum impact. After being at the receiving end of many such surprises, and particularly now that I am mid-series and see a fuller picture, I clearly realize that if part of the initial story is focused on details, context-shaping and the whole series never features an omniscient viewpoint, everything is necessary to let the tension grow and deliberate to converge to a point where there is no slowing in the pace at all and the reachable heights of fun are most rewarding. There are many intense climax moments in the series, but Peril’s Gate goes further. I think the books challenge clear sightedness, and invite people who like thought-provoking, non-linear, unpredictable, solid plots and who like books that want to be courted, which don't let the reader get it all at once; there are lots of events and sweeping sequences and hard facts in the starting volumes, along with the introduction of the characters, but also questions, which get answers in time, doubt not. Payoff is the key. Hats off to the author, who never sacrifices coherency for narrative expediency and shows adherence to a brilliant, original design.When I first "discovered" Janny Wurts through her impeccable fantasy standalone gem To Ride Hell’s Chasm (totally recommended as entry point to Wurts work), I had not been reading epic fantasy for some time and I was surprised to be so powerfully affected by the Wars of Light and Shadow series, I didn’t think I could resonate so much with the characters of a world so entrenched in magic. Yet the element that I though a liability worked marvellously well for me, because there are no omniscient characters or lack of rules here, not at all, there are humans with their merits, flaws, personal histories and inclinations living in a very complex and superbly designed world, with its governing principles and dynamics. The mixed opinions about the first book, The Curse of the Mistwraith, also puzzled me, but now I’m totally happy about the choice to read it and decide for myself, because it would have been a mistake to miss this glorious journey.

  • Sandra
    2018-12-12 04:40

    A brilliant scintillating climax of a book as each battle Arithon must face, whether with his half brother, or with the Koriani, or with the myriad of characters and forces along the way stops my heart in fear that he will be killed or destroyed. His beloved Elaira is with him in spirit as he faces the most grueling trial ever - Kewar's Maze. Here he faces the most fearsome enemy ever -- himself -- and finally comes face to face with a mighty centaur. All others have died in this maze, unable to come to grips with the consequences of their own behavior.I repeat - Mistwraith is an incredibly compelling, action filled, gut wrenching, heart stopping adventure with one of the loveliest love stories I've read in a long time. ETA: As usual reread reveals more under layers of meaning. I'd forgotten Davien admits his incitement of the rebellion against the high kings was his Haven, with no more successful results.

  • Mawgojzeta
    2018-11-23 23:29

    I have held off on reviewing any of the books in this series because I wanted to make sure it maintains quality (with Janny Wurts as the author, I was not all that worried). I have come across several longer series over the years that hit book 5, or 6, or whatever, and just fell flat. Sometimes I have even caught discrepancies because the author could not (or did not) keep track of something mentioned in, for example, book #1. Not the case here at all.This series is top notch. All the comments that follow would apply to all of the previous books in the series, as well as this one.1. The attention to detail is perfect, yet never overwhelms.2. The writing style and choice of words are wonderful; so intelligent and rich. It makes my brain happy.3. The world created is one you cannot help but become immersed in. This is a fully realized world.4. Fast readers (like myself) will benefit greatly by slowing down. Janny Wurts does not use filler these books. There is a good chance that if you skim through a few paragraphs, you will miss something important and it that will take away from your experience at some point later on.5. If this sounds scary, do not worry!!! This is not heavy writing; it will not seem like work. It is full writing and very fulfilling reading.I highly suspect that this will become my favorite series, once finished.

  • Jon
    2018-12-14 22:29

    I'm speechless and breathless (and have been for several weeks) after finishing this penultimate tipping-point volume in Janny Wurts' Wars of Light and Shadow series. Even taking a break and reading a half dozen other books hasn't allowed me to express the emotions that wracked me or the wonders assuaging them. Not since reading Janny's To Ride Hell's Chasm has a book's pacing been so unrelenting and rewarding. And to think she wrote that novel after Peril's Gate to step back from writing this series!I highly recommend this book, but also strongly suggest you not start with this novel. Begin at the beginning, with Curse of the Mistwraith and immerse yourself in all things Atheran. Please see Stefan's outstanding review of Peril's Gate for a concise synopsis and insightful comments.

  • Stefan
    2018-11-22 22:28

    Peril’s Gate picks up right where Grand Conspiracy left off: Arithon is once again on the run, pursued by an Alliance of Light army led by its Lord Commander, Sulfin Evend, and his half-brother Lysaer. The Koriani enchantresses are also still trying to capture Arithon, with Elaira forced to walk a precarious line between betraying her order and helping her beloved. In Arithon’s desperate bid to stay ahead and stay alive, he receives help from Earl Jieret’s war band, an elite force but one surely not strong enough to prevail against the vast forces of the Alliance of Light. The Fellowship of Seven is unable to lend much assistance, as they are scrambling to keep Athera from falling apart... but help may still reach Arithon from an unexpected — and maybe unwelcome — direction...Parts of Peril’s Gate have the same level of suspense as the second half of To Ride Hell’s Chasm, which is one of my favorite standalone fantasies. In one sense, this book is one big chase scene similar to the end of Hell’s Chasm, but because these characters and this world have by now, after five previous novels in the WARS OF LIGHT AND SHADOW series, acquired so much depth and so many layers, the wild chase in Peril’s Gate has much more impact than you’d expect and may just be the most dramatic chase scene I’ve ever encountered in any medium.Still, while the chase takes center stage, there are several sub-chapters offering glimpses of other events taking place on Athera, so the story continues to deepen even as you’re pulled along in the whirlwind of Arithon’s desperation. Most significantly, Janny Wurts describes the Fellowship’s desperate efforts to protect the planet after Morriel’s misguided actions at the end of Grand Conspiracy, but you’ll also read about the actions of Prince Kevor, Dakar and Fionn Areth, the machinations of the Koriani enchantresses, and several others.The final quarter of the book contains one of the most grueling scenes in the series so far, as Arithon is forced to relive the most traumatizing events in his past, this time experiencing them from more than just his own perspective. Janny Wurts doesn’t pull any punches describing this truly harrowing experience, which at times is so intense it may give readers a visceral reaction. At the same time, this unforgettable finale shows Arithon growing and transcending his suffering in an almost mystical way, giving Peril’s Gate a spiritual dimension that’s quite unlike anything I’ve encountered in fantasy before.There are other chapters and scenes in this book that are simply unforgettable, making Peril’s Gate one of the strongest installments in the series so far. You’ll find true heroism and heartbreaking sacrifice in the chapters focusing on the Companions as they try to protect their liege Arithon. You’ll also learn much more about Athera and its history. Finally, even though you won’t find an “Ars Arcanum” section at the back of these books, there are several highly intricate magic systems displayed in these novels, and Peril’s Gate begins to show their differences as well the real depth behind them for the first time.While the first two novels in the Alliance of Light arc of this series contained a bit more set-up, all the pieces are now firmly in place in Peril’s Gate, resulting in a more rewarding novel that doesn’t let up in pace or intensity until you’ve turned the final page. Not only is this one of the strongest books in the series so far, it’s also one of the most memorable fantasy novels I’ve ever read. Highly recommended.(This review was also published on 9/23/2010 on the Fantasy Literature website - www.fantasyliterature.com)

  • Amelia
    2018-12-02 23:25

    Every time I finish one of these books, I am so amazed at the level of writing, the depth to the characters and the ideas that keep my mind reeling for days after finishing. This is one of the best books and series I have read in a very long time.In this, the sixth installment of the Wars of Light and Shadow, the story picks up right where it ended in the previous book, Grand Conspiracy. Arithon is on the run with Fionn Areth and Dakar. He ends up seperating from his two companions and must continue his desperate journey alone. Following Arithon on this journey was one of the most heart wrenching times I've experienced. He has to go through so many trials and hardships, each time losing a little bit of his lead and his heart.Meanwhile we get to see Elaira truly shining, showing forth an amazing courage and strength. She is a very strong character and I have really come to love her. The Fellowship Sorcerers are also very busy trying to correct the imbalance created in the last book.This is a riveting read. It kept me on the edge of my seat, tears in my eyes and absolutely enthralled in the story. There are some beautiful scenes in this story that make the read so very worth every second.Can I say it again, an amazing book!

  • Bill
    2018-11-19 05:52

    Exhaustion... That is how I feel after finishing this book. I don't think anyone could remain unaffected by the final chapters of the novel.From one point of view this part of the book, written in a new style, is a good summary of events concerning Arithon from all the prior books. From a more important POV it looks at these from another angle, that of Arithon facing himself and facing his character flaws and prior actions and choices. Being forced to do this by a spell or magic which rips away all self protections and delusions would leave any of us as raw and helpless as a newborn who could not survive without others help. I was reminded of Luke's failure when he faced himself on Degoba in the Dark side cave. I was reminded of the 4th and 8th steps in 12 step programs when one has to face oneself and consider how he harmed others. I was reminded of the goals of classical psychoanalysis and "owning your own shadow".It was very well done and provides many insights of what has gone on before, but as I said is an exhausting read which cannot possibly be comprehended in one reading, at least by me. It has also caused me to look at myself yet again. It's all scary and painful and full of Peril. All that said, I am looking forward to finding out Arithon and Davien cook up together. Canto ergo sum

  • David
    2018-12-10 22:44

    Good lord, water sheds of weeping in this one, it's a wonder anything got done for all of the crying. Then there's the series recap in the last 200 pages, including the stuff you just got done reading in the previous 600 pages, now with bonus weeping on top of the previous weeping.

  • Ruchel
    2018-12-09 23:42

    Wonderful book with intricate story lines, all which connect. Characters are deep and well developed and thus feel realistic. People's actions are actually explained!

  • Cecilia Wacholder
    2018-11-19 21:31

    Guilty pleasure. This saga has long since stopped being anything but a succession of convoluted adjectives, but I just want to know how it ends!!!!!

  • Lucinda
    2018-12-08 00:42

    Another triumphant success… Peril’s gate book three of Alliance and light (a volume of the wars of light and shadow), exceeded and surpassed all expectations once again as this epic saga continues. I was blown away by the sheer originality and creativity that was on a par with JRR Tolkien in regards to its uniqueness and vastly detailed plot that was a delight to behold. This compelling book I was unable to put down as I lost myself within its pages that were full of outstanding individuality, on such an epic scale as to overwhelm one entirely. This striking volume stands out on any bookshelf with a cover illustrated by the author herself who brings her own creation to life in full, vivid color before your very eyes. If you enjoy bloodthirsty, atmospheric battle scenes mixed with sorcery and powerful magic then the wars of light and shadow will impress you, being a concoction of Kate Elliot and Robin Hobb; it really is sword and sorcery at its very best. Lysaer and Arithon are half-brothers brought up by mages in a world that is harsh, bloody and quite cruel. One bears the power of the light whilst the other commands the darkness; hence together they defeated the Mistwraith but at a terrible price. Now Lysaer must bring down Arithon the master of shadow, who received a curse by the deadly mistwraith all that time ago. With intense, thrilling battles the dispute between both brothers deepens as one tries to save the delicate balance of the world and keep the fellowship of sorcerer’s in tact. Elaira the enchantress holds Arithon’s heart in her hands hence she has to make the ultimate sacrifice; to betray the one whom she loves to Koriani Prime for their own gain or to rebel against her own order. Full of passion, energy and fast-paced thrilling action this tale gets better and better with each new volume, where the drama and narrative grows in intensity with every page. The truly unique, original storyline is so unpredictable as to make you want to read on, leaving you sat on the edge of your seat whilst it builds up to a striking and magnificent climax that astonishes. This is an exhilarating, thrilling read that is full of electric tension and suspense evoking the fantasy genre brilliantly with the added mixture of sorcery, magic and myth as to spark your imagination. I did not want this tale to end hence I went to then read book two of the series and continue on the journey, delving back into Janny’s world feeling as if I was back home with something so familiar and memorable. This really is a remarkable read that has left a very large hole in my heart, being something that I shall now treasure. Outstanding and origional this series is so distinctive and unique, that is a truly timeless tale. Absorbing and beautifully written many fans of other reconizable works of fiction within this genre will love the wars of light and shadow, especially those readers like myself who enjoy Raymond E Feist’s work some of which Janny Wurts is co-author of. I cannot enthuse enough about an author who shall remain one of my favorites, being full of creative vision and depth of feeling that is quite incredible. Here is a writer who puts herself into her work, which when reading it is like seeing into her very soul that is full of emotion and inventiveness that is truly inspiring.

  • Kerry
    2018-12-11 05:43

    Whoo-hoo! I did it! I'm finished.It took me a long time, but what a fantastic book. And wow, so much changed by the end. I can't wait to find out what is going to happen now.I don't know quite what to say. I need to let it all settle in my brain now.

  • Laura
    2018-12-04 01:28

    This book was a bit disappointing, some parts dragged way too long!

  • Ban
    2018-12-07 03:30

    See review of book #1Ok, here's where she lost me. The book was basically a 900 page account of one event. It was like following it in real time.

  •  Michelle
    2018-12-15 04:26

    The pace really picks up in this one! Wow!

  • This Is Not The Michael You're Looking For
    2018-12-02 21:35

    Cry mercy! The first time I read this book was about 10 years ago, around the time it was published; it was also the last book of the series I had read because the rest of the series was never available in the U.S. due to publisher problems. With the series now being reissued (as well as new books being written...two more are complete and waiting on my shelf at home) I've been rereading the whole thing.However, another extremely important issue arises over the fact that this was the last of the series I had originally read...my memory of it was by far the most negative of any book of the series. And negative for very particular reasons. As the reread commenced I eagerly (?) awaited this particular book to see if my memories were at all accurate and my disdain held up.Interestingly, to a large extent they were not. The big problem I had with this book is a particular long, drawn-out scene which in many ways recaps the entire first 5 books of the series as well as the first half of this book. I would have sworn this scene took up over half of the book, when in fact it's probably more like 10-15%. Furthermore, I didn't find it nearly as irritating as I did the first time, although it still has its moments.Without spoilers, this extended scene encapsulates a major problem and conceit with the series as a whole, one I try to let slide but builds to a climax (I hope...) in this book. Arithon (and occasionally others, but usually Arithon) suffers as no man has ever suffered before, but somehow, miraculously manages to survive...only immediately to go into the next greatest suffering anyone has ever encountered...that is until the next one...and the next one...and the next one...and the next one...and the next one... The tedium of this is rather overwhelming in-and-of-itself. It is counter-pointed by the fact that the phrase "cry mercy" (sort of the local dialect version of "oh god have mercy") gets repeated so many times (I wish I had a searchable ebook just so I could do a quick count) in this one section of the book that I wanted to beat the book into the ground every time I encountered it. "Cry mercy" is not the cry of the characters but the plea of the readers, "please let it stop already!"To my surprise and complete lack of memory, the vast majority of the rest of the book is fairly good, moving plot and characters along at a nice clip. This book is the exact center point (the keystone as it were) of the planned 11 book series and as such, should encompass some major turning points for the entire tale, which it does. The ending is remarkably satisfying (this I actually remembered despite my otherwise negative memories), encompasses at least two *major* plot developments (I can come up with more than two, but many of the others are relatively minor from my point of view or are being lumped together as a single larger element), and hopefully starts the rock rolling down hill toward a conclusion and finale (which to be fair is still 5 books away so it's probably not going to roll all that fast).Obviously we'll have to see where this goes. I'll be quite disappointed if the following books fall back into the über-suffering mode which has overwhelmed all of the previous volumes and which comes to such a painful head in this specific book.

  • Larou
    2018-11-24 05:47

    Peril’s Gate is the third book in the Alliance of Light arc and the sixth in the whole series, making it the central volume not just for this particular arc but The Wars of Light and Shadow as a whole - so, from its structural position as a lynchpin alone one can expect significant things to occur here. It also stands out from the other volumes in the series in that intrigue and political machinations are almost completely absent and it generally is unusually sketchy on the bigger picture; instead, it strongly focuses on exploring character, following the straight narrative path of a chase story. But, much like a Maze that plays an important part in this novel and that for the greater part appears as nothing more than a straight tunnel, there is more to Peril’s Gate than meets the eye.[return][return]And it is, once again, not on the level of plot where things are happening – in fact the narrative comes to a grinding standstill in places, to give way to long, mostly dialogue-free passages describing a solitary flight across a barren landscape locked in winter. I can not think of another book that depicts with equal intensity just what it means to be hunted – the sheer misery of it, the toll it takes on mind and body, the utter weariness and the seemingly never-ending struggle against exhaustion and despair. Peril’s Gate has everything other chase scenes like to gloss over and Janny Wurts’ command of language is such that the impact of her descriptions becomes almost physical. Which also means that this is not a pleasant read – anyone looking for fast action is likely to be bored out of their mind before they make it even halfway through the novel, but anyone able to stick with it will be rewarded with one of the most intense reading experiences to be had in fantasy literature.[return][return]Things get even more harrowing in the finale of the book when Arithon passes through Kewar’s Maze and is forced to relive all his past mistakes, experiencing every single death he caused. As hard to bear (and to read) as this is, it marks a pivotal point for his character development and the series in general, as now he finally gains full self-knowledge and comes to terms with himself (and hopefully sheds his at times very annoying tendency towards wallowing in self-pity).

  • David Cornelson
    2018-12-10 23:23

    So I'm on a re-read of the entire series to-date and enjoying it immensely. For those of you keeping up, Janny writes dense prose with complex plots and many characters. The first few books are very long and carry a great deal of detail about Athera (the land), the Paravians (Unicorns, Centaurs, and Sun Children), the Seven (Sethvir, Assandir, and several others), the protagonists (Arithon, Lysaer, Elaira, the Prime Matriarch, Dakar, and a host of other characters.It can be a lot to absorb on a first read and I can attest to the fact that on my third or fifth re-read (I can't remember), things are much more clear. You will even note many details in the earlier books that make sense on re-reads and were well-placed tidbits.Peril's Gate is where Janny really speeds things up. She assumes you know everything there is to know about the land and the characters, so we're onto straight plot and thick action. It's much more swiftly read because of this and onto Traitor's Knot.Peril's gate has a few moments of redemption that should, if you're paying attention, make you weep in joy. Literally.This is one of the reasons I so strongly care for this series. It's not about conquering evil. It's about conquering our own demons and showing the world and ourselves we have grace, kindness, love, strength, beauty, and wisdom. That we all make mistakes and we all have the right to forgive ourselves.There's a masters in psychology while reading through these books and Peril's Gate is probably the centerpiece of such ideals. This book, and all of the books together, will make you a better person.

  • Beth
    2018-12-14 21:31

    This installment of the Wars of Light and Shadow series provides a much-needed, in-depth character study of its lead protagonist, Arithon. Arithon, reluctant prince and erstwhile bard and pirate, enters an enchanted tunnel in a desperate attempt to escape his crazy half-brother, Lysaer. The tunnel is a trial set up by a rogue sorcerer, and it takes us on a tour of Arithon's past, from childhood on. While we've been with Arithon for several books, the character's natural reticence keeps us from truly knowing him. This book aims to correct that through sheer brute force, and does so in spectacular fashion, painting a portrait of a troubled, mostly-well-meaning man whose singular gifts mean he is destined to constantly be manipulated by others, although the possibility of him changing that fate is left open by the end of the book. The trial deepens his character and adds a new element of tragedy to his story. Asides from the character study are welcome breaks, but are not for the faint of heart. A longtime ally loses his life in a gruesome way, a kind prince meets an untimely end, and a woman's body is enslaved to a wicked sorceress's will. This series is ostensibly about both Arithon and his half-brother Lysaer, but whereas this novel adds new complexity to Arithon, Lysaer only becomes more one-note and maniacally evil. Perhaps one day he'll get a similar chance to shine (ha!).

  • Adam
    2018-11-20 23:42

    Cry mercy this was a struggle.Wurts has a way with words. If confronted with a pile of rubbish I am sure she would be able to write a few pages describing it in exquisite detail and explaining why its appearance prompts spontaneous weeping in grown men... so her books are long and generally proceed quite slowly.If I took exception to this I would not have reached this point in the Wars of Light and Shadow series. However Peril's Gate felt long even by her standards. And I mean really, really long. The Arithon chase sequence was too protracted and the "series recap" for the final hundred or so pages, whilst important in terms of character development, was tedious. With the scheming Koriathain and other factions largely absent in comparison to Grand Conspiracy, the tedium was continuous.That said, I will still see the series through to its conclusion.

  • Mandy Andersonn
    2018-12-15 01:49

    I love books, the longer the better. Usually. But not when a story is filled with page after page after mind numbing page of useless metaphor and descriptors used only to provide insight into... absolute nothing. There is no forwarding of the story line, instead a rehashing of past events used simply as filler to lead you to a new character - a character you already knew would make his way into the story. Any progression made on the actual story could have been written in (at most) 200 pages. This book frustrated me to no end. For the first time, I seriously contemplated not finishing a series. And seriously, the characters all need a Xanax. And a drink. The emotional range is stuck at manic/depressive for each and every one of them.

  • Tammy
    2018-12-02 05:53

    The Fellowship struggles to stabilized the imbalance caused by Korianni plots while troops from Jaelot relentlessly pursue Arithon. Davien the Betrayer makes a (re)appearance.This book had a strong focus on the mysteries, so I had a hard time getting into it. The narrative also heavily focuses on Arithon, but since he is alone for most of it, he does not get to showcase his wit. However, once I hit about halfway through the book, I could not put it down. I ended up taking the heavy brick with me across the country, so I would not have to wait a week to read the last 150 pages.

  • Jasper De
    2018-11-28 23:39

    In my (at least) 5th re-read I got stuck in the part where Jieret, his mage-sight newly awakened, is having trouble with the strategy envisioned by Arithon. For some reason I was so moved this time around that I read two other books in between. But I passed this part, and now can go on towards the really heart-wrenching part, when Arithon can do no other than enter Davien's lair. Looking forward to that!

  • orannia
    2018-12-15 22:28

    Four and three-quarter stars. I found this book harder to read than the previous books in the series. It was darker and grimmer and...at times frustrating because of the level of introspection and the author's particular style of writing - sometimes I just got confused as to what the author was really trying to say (hence the one-quarter star mark-down). At times I just wanted things clearly stating. Saying that, it is a very powerful book and I am glad I read it.

  • Kathi
    2018-12-15 05:25

    I probably say this every time I finish a book in this series, but this may be my favorite so far. So many characters must pass through their own gates of peril, sometimes with surprising results, sometimes with sorrowful results. The contrasts between Lysaer and Arithon have never been starker. And I am enjoying getting to know more about Ath's Brotherhood, Kevor, and Davien.

  • Karina Halt
    2018-12-14 22:26

    Janny Wurts' seried Wars of Light & Shadow is the best fantasy series I have ever read! I have no words to cover how much I like this series, it is one that I can read over and over again. If you haven't read it, READ IT!! The way it is written is beautiful. The story is amazing. RECOMMENDED!!!

  • Ginger
    2018-11-27 03:37

    Loved it!!! Loved it!!!. I have read the entire series and re-read it again. It is that good. Peril's Gate , though is my favorite. And Davien's Maze is my favorite part. Oh I cried, and I can't say if any book I have ever read has made me cry. But this book did.

  • Jean Hontz
    2018-11-19 00:34

    The best of the Wars of Light and Shadow series (so far!). Compelling, captivating, and maddening, we follow Arithon in a mad dash across Athera as he's once again hounded by his half-brother and an army of fanatics. And just who is that eagle we keep seeing? Read to find out!

  • Siv
    2018-11-15 23:53

    Intense enough that I had to take pauses from reading...

  • Karina
    2018-11-24 01:41

    as detailed and well written as Tolkien. Wonderful descriptions, series could be moved along a bit faster