by Eric Van Lustbader
The Ring of Five Dragons
Tor, May, 2001.
Hardcover, 608 pages.
They call themselves the V'ornn. Ruthless and technologically superior to most species that they meet, the V'ornn are space wanderers who conquer worlds, strip them of resources, and them move on to the next planet. The V'ornn also have masters: the mysterious technomages known as the Gyrgon. The reign of the V'ornn on Kundalan has been devastating for the planet and its people, but small sects still keep the secrets of ancient magic and the lore of the Goddess Minna alive. Those secrets are of great interest to the Gyrgons, who want to find the source of this ancient and powerful magic. First, they must find the Ring of Five Dragons which opens the Storehouse, a repository of great treasure and artifacts of power. But another is also searching for the Ring: the Dar Sala-at, who is prophesied to discover the secret and return freedom to the Kundalan people.
This is first book in a new epic fantasy series from the internationally bestselling author of The Ninja, White Ninja and French Kiss. Eric Van Lustbader takes a standard fantasy device, the quest, and turns it into a breathtaking epic fantasy with rich, interesting characters, a complex plot and some nice twists and turns along the way. Lustbader excels at pacing, dialogue and writing exciting action scenes, and his magical world is captivating. This is a marvelous first entry in what is sure to be another bestselling trilogy.
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This review was published in the June, 2001 of The Internet Writing Journal.
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