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Eric Lustbader is the bestselling author of Second Skin, The Kaisho, The Miko and White Ninja, all starring Nicholas Linnear. He graduated from Columbia University in 1969. He spent fifteen years in the music industry, including working for both Elektra and CBS Records, and writing for Cash Box magazine. He has also been a teacher. He lives with his wife in Southampton, New York.
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. (July 24) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Praise for The Ring of Five Dragons: 'A potent portal to fabulous mythic realms ... an imaginative, otherworldly culture clash between technology and spirituality' Publishers Weekly 'Lustbader creates intriguing and conflicted characters and spins a complex world of religion, magic and technology around them' Amazon.com 'Enthralling and exciting reading, full of unexpected twists and surprises' Booklist
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 Cahners Business Information.