Ever since the V'ornn invasion the oppressed Kundalan have been dwindling in strength. Their religion is dying, their magic fading and their goddess all but forgotten. Only the fabled and long-awaited Dar Sala-at can find the long-lost, all-powerful Pearl and save them from extinction.
The third volume in this huge new fantasy in the tradition of Frank Herbert's phenomenal DUNE series. For one hundred and one years the Kundalans have lived under the oppressive yoke of the V'ornn invaders. But according to prophecy a saviour, the Dar Sala-at, will arrive at their hour of greatest need. And by the forging together of two souls - those of a V'ornn prince and a young Kundalan woman named Riane - this hero has now been incarnated. The prophecy dictates that the Dar Sala-at can succeed in her quest to deliver her people only if she finds the mysterious Pearl, given to the Kundalans by their Goddess, Miina, but missing since the V'ornn invasion. Legend has it that the Pearl is to be found behind the Storehouse Door, but when Riane is finally able to enter, having faced the Hagoshrin, the Pearl's fearsome and monstrous guardian, she is shocked and horrified at what she discovers. Meanwhile the sauromicians, a secret society of outcast sorcerers, are plotting the Dar Sala-at's downfall. At their disposal they have eight ancient banestones, recovered from the sacred buried city of Za Hara-at. Each stone is a source of immense malevolent power, but if the sauromicians find the final missing stone, all nine together will form an engine of unimaginable destruction, bringing doom to Kundala and all of her inhabitants. Although beset by enemies on all sides, Riane is aided in her quest by a loyal and loving group of trusted friends, both V'ornn and Kundalan. Together they are committed to overcoming the dangers in their path to ensure that Riane fulfils t
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Praise for the Pearl Saga: 'An imaginative otherworldly culture clash between technology and spirituality ... a potent portal to fabulous mythic realms' Publishers Weekly 'Lustbader creates intriguing and conflicted characters and spins a complex world of religion, magic and technology around them' Amazon.com 'The centuries long occupation of Kundala and its by now subtle oppressions is ably drawn ... pulls all the right levers' SFX
About Eric van Lustbader
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.
The Cage of Nine Banestones by Eric van Lustbader
Eric van Lustbader
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