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Initiate's Trial (Wars of Light and Shadow #9)

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Half-brothers Arithon and Lysaer were laid under a curse of lifelong enmity when they defeated the Mistwraith and freed the world of Athera. Now Arithon has been magically imprisoned and his memories have been removed. Meanwhile his daughter is being raised and trained by his enemy, the Koriani enchantress, but when she eventually learns of her father's existence, she choo ...more
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Published October 27th 2011 by HarperCollins Publishers, October 2011
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Sandra
8/26/14. Man I wish more people would read this series!

The tour de force of Stormed Fortress is a hard act to follow, but, as usual, Janny Wurts is up to the job. It's 250 +/- years in the future, Arithon is a prisoner of the Koriani, betrayed by a clansman who was one of the Companions - which event is foreshadowed in Stormed Fortress and Traitor's Knot. Prime Selidie is determined to break the compact the F7 made with the dragons in the Second Age and will go to any lengths to do so. Elaira is
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Stefan
4.5 stars!

First things first: Initiate’s Trial is the ninth book in the Wars of Light and Shadow series by Janny Wurts. I’ve tried to avoid spoilers in this review, but if you haven’t read the earlier books in the series and want to enter into it without any preconceived notions, you may want to skip this review and instead check out the one I wrote about series opener The Curse of the Mistwraith here. (Short summary: it’s brilliant, and any fantasy fan who enjoys intellectually and emotionally
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Susan


Initiate's Trial - Janny Wurts

(Possible spoilers if you've read the series but I don't really give anything away.)

One of my rare book reviews. Rare because more often than not I read for pure pleasure and I also, to my bane, do not have a retentive memory no matter how much I train it to behave.
In other words, I don't 'do' reviews of any great depth. Usually. So why would I do one this time? Because I seriously feel that this is one of the best fantasy series I have ever read, and like anyone wh
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Jen
I realized while talking to a friend that I've been reading this series for 17 years, and while I've outgrown most of the series that I read as a child, this one reveals new depths as I grow older. This is the ninth book in the series overall, but the beginning of a new arc in the storyline, and begins nearly 250 years after the end of book eight.

As always, Janny Wurts's prose is eloquent and her italics lethal; I've never known a series to rip apart my heart like this one does and yet I keep co
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Laura
An excellent continuation of The Wars of Light and Shadow series. The events of the book push exciting development in existing characters (including some I had previously not cared for, and now like), and introduce people who have already become new favorites. Janny Wurts' latest book is as well-written as ever, and I found myself promising "just one more chapter" until long past when I should have been abed. I eagerly await the next installment.
Mark
I’ve been a fan of this series for a long time. This latest book is fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat kinda story that is more like Wurts’ stand-alone novel, 'To Ride Hell’s Chasm'. Fans will be thrilled as Wurts’ magical prose weaves its spell and pushes the boundaries of Arithon and Lysaer’s battle, shadowed by the machinations of the Koriani,
leaving you wanting more.
John Hulet
Janny Wurts's latest novel in the WARS OF LIGHT AND SHADOW, Initiate's Trial, is another rock-solid installment in what has become one of my favorite series. Janny's use of the English language, her ability to sculpt characters with concepts and characteristics that make them live and her continuing commitment to solid storytelling make her work some of the best ever. Initiate's Trial is a perfect example of why her books are always worth the wait.

As often happens in a series, there are elements
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Aussie500
Another masterful example of Janny's writing, a roller coaster ride of emotions from tears to laughter and everything in between. I thought there was a bit more humour in this than we have had for a while, Initiate's Trial was a lot more fun to read. Many of the old characters have gone through changes, Arithon lost himself, Lysaer fights to remain himself, Elaira stands up for herself and Dakar while still being Dakar is a lot smarter than he used to be. Janny takes the time to introduce a new ...more
Linfer
This one was a weird read but amazing as usual. I was angry with Janny Wurts at first because of the timeline and because of the resulting loss of especially one character I loved very much, but Janny Wurts managed to make me embrace all those new characters.
And while I've become extremely frustrated with "A Song of Ice and Fire", "The Wars of Light and Shadow" is still as exciting as it was since the time I picked up the German translations of the first three books (a decade ago, time really do
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Grimward
Truthfully, I had my doubts about leapfrogging that much time after the conclusion of Stormed Fortress, but as per usual Janny smashed all of those. The new characters provided us with yet another angle to see the returning characters from, and I was hooked from the middle of the first chapter onward. Highly recommend to anyone who's read the rest of the Wars of Light and Shadow series (if you haven't, do yourself a favor and go do so!).
Nicole
When I finished the previous book, and with that Wurts' longest arc in this series, I thought maybe the creeping progress the series had been making might speed up. I never imagined that she would do the unthinkable and go backwards, but that is exactly what this book felt like. Time-wise, this book moved forward, in fact it leapt forward 250 years, to my stunned dismay. No worries, for now is apparently the time to start bringing back the essences of past characters, creating the unique experie ...more
Catherine Wilson
Terrific start on the new story arc for the Wars of Light and Shadows series. As always, Janny Wurts paints compelling and vivid word pictures. Her action scenes pack a wallop and she keeps readers on the edge of their seats. A wonderful read!
wgabi
the empire trilogy is one of my favorite fantasy book, so i was expecting something similar... writing would deserve 4 stars at least, but

sorry, i'm really disappointed :-(

i feel i'm watching some cheap soap opera, where the protagonist got hit by a car and loses their memory...

then switching to "groundhog day" and living the same things over and over again...


i wanted to like this series, and read all books, at the beginning i thought it's ok if slow a bit, because there is a lot to tell. altho
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Amelia
Another gripping tale in Athera. Excellent book in the series. If you're this far, you'd better just grab the next available copy and read it.
Sheral Berrie
I liked this book!! I still can't wait for Selidie to be taken down!!!!!
Ruth
c2011. The love/hate relationship with Ms Wurts continues. I missed a few of the previous books in the series and could not quite remember why I was not panting with anticipation to get this latest one in my hands. After having to tried to catch up with "What Had Gone Before" via the Internet, putting my trepidation to one side, I started to read this 578p behemoth. Hmmm. A few jarring notes (ie why would an innkeeper give a receipt to a seemingly itinerant worker who is mute so could not have a ...more
Shiloh
Received from LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program


Reading this book had me worried, because it's been a while since I'd read anything in this series AND I hadn't read books in between Curse of the Mistwraith/Ships of Merior/Fugitive Prince and this one... So needless to say, everything here was really only vaguely familiar.

Reading the first chapter made me remember why I had mixed feelings about the books a long time ago (and why they took me an inordinate amount of time to read)—Wurts very mu
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Jean Hontz
I received this book through the Early Reviewer program. I decided not to just pick it up and read it but instead decided to read the entire series in order first. I'm very glad I did. This is not the sort of series you can jump around in. Each book builds upon the previous one, with consequences from earlier actions affecting not only the individuals but the overall course of the plot.

The characters are multi-layered and complex. They grow, they evolve, they make a LOT of mistakes, and then the
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Julia
3.5 stars (using Goodreads scale where 3 is liked and 4 is really liked).

Initiate's Trial starts 250 years after the previous book in the series (Stormed Fortress) but because so many of the characters have magical longevity it doesn't feel as though that much time has gone by: Arithon and Lysaer are still subject to the Mistwraith's curse; Elaira is still deeply in love with Arithon even though she hasn't seen him for over 200 years; Prime Seldie is still plotting the downfall of Arithon and of
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Deborah Mcnemar
I love these books. Maybe because so much fantasy these days seem like so much fluff and this is rock solid. Maybe because there are no perfect characters. Maybe because Janny Wurts is one of the few authors who challenge me to think rather than settle for mindless entertainment. Whatever the reason, I'm glad I've stuck with this series.

The first book in the final arc, I was pulled again into the world building and politics that are so much a part of this tightly-woven book. For the first time,
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David Cornelson
Initiate's Trial is such a different book from the previous volumes in the Wars of Light and Shadow series, it takes a bit of time to adapt. First, we've jumped 250 years ahead from the ending of Stormed Fortress and there are a few minor plot points and characters that get white-washed by this. In review though, no major plot points were left open in Stormed Fortress and so after the shock of missing so many great characters, you move on and absorb what is presented. A few new characters, the d ...more
Mandy Whilden
I won this in a goodreads giveaway a long time ago. When I received it, I noticed that the font is way smaller than a normal book. I debated for a long time about whether or not to read it and have decided that I don't want to risk going blind just to review a book I received for free. I would gladly read it if it was readable. Until then, its getting one star from me.
Jeannette Harroun
I love Janny's books although at times her prose is dense and overly wordy. I have to admit tis book sat on my shelf for nearly 2 years before I read it because her stories move SO slowly. However, once I got into it Inreally enjoyed it and ended up re-reading the entire series.
Aussie500
Another masterful example of Janny's writing that had me on a roller coaster ride of emotions from tears to laughter and everything in between. I thought there was a bit more humour in this than we have had for a while, Initiate's Trial was a lot more fun to read. Many of the old characters have gone through changes, Arithon lost himself, Lysaer fights to remain himself, Elaira stands up for herself and Dakar while still being Dakar is a lot smarter than he used to be. Janny takes the time to in ...more
Sam
I usually enjoy Janny Wurts books, like the characters and the premise behind the whole series, but has she gone on for long enough now? Idon't really know where this book fits in, ok it follows the storyline set by her series to date, but on the whole if it hadn't existed would it have made a difference. To it's a little like A Game of Thrones, endless side stories not really carry you forward and the action reserved for a small part of the end of the book. I'm also getting more than a little t ...more
Anthony
*This review is for a book received through a Goodreads First Reads giveaway*

I have officially added Jenny Wurts to my list of authors to read. I am glad that Goodreads gave this book to me, because I have discovered yet another great story.

The world-building in this novel was amazing, the characters were developed, and the story was unique when compared to the fantasy novels I have read.

That being said, I really want to read the books that came before this one! I want to know more about storyli
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Mark L
I am a big fan of the author. I appreciate the intricate tapestry she weaves with words. I can't help feeling that the lack of resolution is becoming annoying at this stage. Janny is quite verbose. The description needs to be reined in to some extent in order to advance the plot. I can only hope that this manifests in book 10.
Brandy
I won this book from a Goodreads giveaway and was looking forward to reading it. I received the book and eagerly opened it to start reading. To my dismay, it was 552 pages of 6 point font, or smaller (not exaggerating)! While I would love to read this, I'm not going to lose my sight doing so.
David
Good story. However, it seemed like the author decided to put every word she could find from the dictionary in the book which really distracted from the storytelling. I don't recall the other books being overburdened in that manner although it's been a few months since I read them.
This Is Not The Michael You're Looking For
Initiate's Trial is exactly like the previous eight books in the series, with all of the same strengths and weaknesses, and to a certain extent, plots. It's so much of the same that one wonders why it was necessary and if the series is actually going to wrap up in two more books.
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Janny Wurts is the author of War of Light and Shadow series, and To Ride Hell's Chasm. Her eighteen published titles include a trilogy in audio, a short story collection, as well as the internationally best selling Empire trilogy, co authored with Raymond E. Feist, with works translated into fifteen languages worldwide. Her latest title in the Wars of Light and Shadow series, Initiate's Trial, cul ...more
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