Crown of Vengeance begins a new epic fantasy saga from New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory
She is the unwanted spawn of a mad king and queen, her lands lost before her birth; her family—her very name—erased from history. Cursed by many, yet protected by an even greater curse.
She was born on a night of storm and terror, raised in protected concealment, then banished from the only home she had ever known—an ancient enemy’s final stroke in a war begun centuries before.
Secret studies of hidden lore reveal the truth of the prophecy that heralded her coming. Dark dreams teach lessons of war and duty, of strategy and magecraft, that she could not learn in a thousand lifetimes.
She does not have a thousand lifetimes. She has just one—and time is running out. For the prophecy spoke not just of her, but of a great Darkness that would destroy the elven kingdoms. A Darkness that is coming ever closer.
She is Vieliessar Farcarinon and she must save her people. Even if she must shatter custom and destroy the world she was born to rule.
“A fantasy fanatic’s feast.”
“The quickly-paced plot has just the right mixture of pathos and levity. A thoughtfully created world, engaging characters, and a tighter plot than many fantasy epics make this new novel a must-have.”
—VOYA on The Phoenix Unchained
“[An] enjoyable read.”
—RT Book Reviews on The Phoenix Endangered
—Booklist on The Outstretched Shadow
“Wonderful . . . . Simply a joy to read. With just the right pacing, interesting characters, and sense of danger around every turn, fantasy fans will feel like they have come home. This is a novel about friendship, duty, and the existence of right and wrong. The reader will be able to sit back, relax, and enjoy some good old-fashioned escapism.”
—Grasping for the Wind on The Phoenix Unchained
“Entertaining. . . . This beguiling beginning promises a highly readable epic combining vivid characterization with an interesting exploration of how past heroics are twisted over centuries into something both more and less than they were.”
—Publishers Weekly on The Phoenix Unchained
“Solidly developed characters, appealing magical companions, and an intriguing tale make this a good addition, along with its predecessor, to any fantasy collection.”
—Library Journal on The Phoenix Endangered
“Highly readable. High fantasy fans should appreciate the intelligent storytelling.”
--Publishers Weekly on When Darkness Falls
“Readers can rest assured that Lackey and Mallory will not let them down.”
“Lackey and Mallory combine their talents for storytelling and world crafting into a panoramic effort.”
--Library Journal on To Light a Candle