The Shadow of the Sun

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Mercury Retrograde Press, Feb 22, 2011 - Fiction - 502 pages
A Man Cannot Deny the Gods.Ten years ago, Ellion violated a sacred rule of magic and brought tragedy on his family. Forced to abandon his throne, exiled from the holy Aballo Order of wizards, and severed from his patron goddess, he swore never to work magic again. He retreated into music and a bard's footloose existence: living in other men's kingdoms, singing of other men's victories.A Man Cannot Escape Destiny.But then the ard-righ, the king of kings, is murdered in an act of insurrection by a rogue wizard who follows the old gods. As the human nations teeter on the verge of chaos and civil war, Ellion tries to slip even farther away to the Tanaan realms, only to discover that they are threatened by the same enemy.A Man Cannot Hide from the Shadow of the Sun.Now Ellion finds himself the protector of Letitia: a Tanaan princess, daughter of one of the greatest Tanaan heroines, and unwitting key to a great arcane mystery. Pursued by the rogue wizard's minions, enticed by gods he was taught to forswear, challenged by his former mentor, and tempted by the most enchanting woman he has ever encountered, Ellion must battle his faith, his vows, and the darkness his soul yearns to tap as he races to unravel the secret of the rogue's power: the Shadow of the Sun.
 

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The Shadow of the Sun (The Way of the Gods #1) by Barbara Friend Ish is an immersive epic fantasy narrated from the perspective of anti-hero Ellion Tellan.
Ellion Tellan's thirst for dark magic
has already cost him a promising life as royalty in line for the High Priest and ard-righ, and now his new life is about to crumble apart with the assassination of the current ard-righ. Every one Tellan knows – his old and new circle of friends – are soon packing their bags to travel to an elaborate, hedonistic celebration where the new King of Kings will be chosen. Rather than face gossip and watch someone else be chosen as ard-righ, Ellion now flees the human realms in the hopes of losing himself as a harpist among the Tanaan royalty. Yet even in Tanaan lands, a dear, estranged friend runs into Tellan and demands that the wizard-turned-bard once again draw upon white magic, this time to protect Tanaan princess Letitia from a mysterious renegade magician.
Tellan aches for his old life and senses the chance for redemption, and so he agrees to accompany the princess as a bodyguard, not as a wizard. Yet, the further Ellion travels with Letitia, the stronger the pull of dark magic becomes. Years of self-imposed abstinence may yet prove a poor inoculation against the seductive call of old, black magic emanating from the earth itself. As Ellion battles his inner abyss, he must choose between gratifying the desires of the self and protecting others from the consequences of his sensual abandon.
Barbara Friend Ish weaves together a morally complex fantasy world on the brink of a magicians' war on par with Ellion's inner conflict. As Ellion Tellan crosses between human and Tanaan lands, we learn much about the histories of and the different cultures of Friend Ish's world through natural exposition that prepares readers for the epic revelations to come. In addition to the differences in human and Tanaan languages, Friend Ish expertly employs ancient language and translation issues to fuel the mystery behind the renegade wizard in a way that is so much more than your standard 'vague prophecy.' “The Shadow of the Sun” will leave readers craving the next grand installment of wonderfully crafted detail and soul-wrenching existentialism.
From details beautifully inspired by Celtic mythology, to a mature consideration of sexuality and gender power play, The Shadow of the Sun gives experienced fantasy readers a delightfully dark bone to chew.
 

Contents

Long Live the Righ
15
Stranger in a Strange Land
25
Journey of a Thousand Miles
37
Who Treads Here
55
Into the Mystery
63
This Sort of Thing Never Happens at Home
73
Goodbye Hello
87
News from Elsewhere
97
Ship of the Water Ship of the Air
249
The Dance
259
The Aerona Basin and Ruillin River
277
Everything Has Its Price
279
A Name Written on the Wind
299
The Shadow of the Sun
307
All Her Secrets
319
Hidden in Broad Daylight
333

Northern Fíana and the Devadore
107
Leading the Blind
109
Tuned to a Dark Mood
119
Beyond Death
129
The Deluge
145
Crossing Over
153
A Draft of Remembrance
167
In the Abode of Immortals
183
Living with the Loss
189
BloodPrice
203
The Ruillin
215
The Last Time
217
A Night for Strong Drink
233
Seeing in the Dark
353
The Silence of the Circle
369
Beneath the Surface
387
View of the Abyss
395
Dark Water
415
The Royal Precinct and Central Realms
425
Abu alrigh
427
Darkness Incandescent
437
Season of Change
451
The Promise of the Stars
465
Bealtan
475
Glossary
485
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