Fortress of Dragons (Fortress Series)

By C. J. Cherryh

The partitions among the worlds are down. a brand new unfolding has begun...

It all started some time past, as a conflict among the shadowy Immortals that persists at the present time, because the wizard Mauryl's Shaping confronts the Shadows summoned from Chaos. Tristen is that Shaping. either extra and not more than human, he effectively fought sorcery's evil tides, a victory that introduced his good friend Cefwyn either a nation and actual love.

But the strains that carry the area in position are moving back. A ruthless enemy is getting ready for conflict. once more, Tristen will soak up the sword inscribed with "Truth" and "Illusion" on its blade. yet he faces greater than conflict and a pretender to Cefwyn's throne. The Shadows he sees are directly from break -- a movement of darkness overlaying the area like ink...

Fortress of Dragons completes the high-fantasy epic began in Fortress within the Eye of Time and endured in Fortress of Eagles and Fortress of Owls --a strong story set in a global of magic, violence, ask yourself and awe -- an international as vividly actual as our own.

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