Cephrael's Hand: A Pattern of Shadow and Light
"All things are composed of patterns..." And within the pattern of the realm of Alorin, three strands must cross:
In Alorin...three hundred years after the genocidal Adept Wars, the realm is dying, and the blessed Adept race dies with it. One man holds the secret to reverting this decline: Bjorn van Gelderan, a dangerous and enigmatic man whose shocking betrayal three centuries past earned him a traitor's brand. It is the Adept Vestal Raine D'Lacourte's mission to learn what Bjorn knows in the hope of salvaging his race. But first he'll have to find him...
In the kingdom of Dannym...the young Prince Ean val Lorian faces a tenuous future as the last living heir to the coveted Eagle Throne. When his blood-brother is slain during a failed assassination, Ean embarks on a desperate hunt for the man responsible. Yet his advisors have their own agendas, and his quest for vengeance leads him ever deeper into a sinuous plot masterminded by a mysterious and powerful man, the one they call First Lord...
In the Nadori desert...tormented by the missing pieces of his life, a soldier named Trell heads off to uncover the truth of his shadowed past. But when disaster places him in the debt of Wildlings sworn to the First Lord, Trell begins to suspect a deadlier, darker secret motivating them. Honor-bound to serve the First Lord in return for his life, Trell continues on his appointed path, yet each day unveils new and stranger secrets that eventually call into question everything he knows...
Cephrael's Hand is a pattern of light - of one man who foresaw the end of the world and sacrificed everything to prevent its coming, of a royal family sundered by tragedy and betrayal, of a young Healer's search for a place and a people to call her own. And a pattern of shadow - of a dying race and the desperate gambits of those sworn to preserve it, of political treachery within a vast global plot, and of the single boy with colorless eyes who holds the key to it all.
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Review: Cephrael's Hand (A Pattern of Shadow & Light #1)User Review - Masquerade Crew - Goodreads
(2 REVIEWS) WALKI'S REVIEW 5 STARS Cephrael's Hand is the name of a constellation. Some people worry about it when it appears. Prince Ean almost gets killed when he gets back to his father's land. His ... Read full review
Review: Cephrael's Hand (A Pattern of Shadow & Light #1)User Review - Anna Tan - Goodreads
When I first started reading this, I was reminded strongly of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series, minus the annoying women and plus faster pacing overall, which was a win for me. Trell of the Tides ... Read full review