The Veil of a Thousand Tears

by Eric Van Lustbader

Tor, July, 2002.
Hardcover, 672 pages.
ISBN: 0312872364

The Veil of a Thousand Tears by Eric Van Lustbader In The Ring of Five Dragons, Riane, the daughter of the Kundalan sorceress Giyan, has saved her beloved homeworld from total destruction. As she lay dying, she was magically transformed by the addition of the soul of Annon Ashera, the assassinated (male) V'ornn leader. Riane is now the Dar Sala-at, the Chosen One of prophecy who must search for the Veil of a Thousand Tears in order to free her mother from possession by the archdaemon Horolaggia and to stop the daemons from taking over the planet. She/he sets out on her quest with several companions. On their travels, they will encounter incredible challenges, magic, intrigue, violence and even romance.

The Veil of a Thousand Tears is a vividly imagined, tightly plotted fantasy which showcases the versatile Mr. Van Lustbader's considerable writing talents. The richly imagined world of Kundala is populated by many diverse cultures, each of which is vividly brought to life. The magical system is detailed and intriguing, and the characters are complex and interesting. Eric Van Lustbader has created a compelling world that readers will be sure to want to visit again.

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This review was published in the October - November, 2002 of The Internet Writing Journal.

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