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Keeper of the Keys (The Cycle of Fire #2)

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Paperback, 350 pages
Published 1990 by Grafton (first published 1988)
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The Cycle of Fire continues, with Jaeric running from his destiny because of his horror of ending like his father. How contemporary is that? The elements of science fiction are more plausible than they were in the first book. Sailing and the sea are vivid elements in the story, well written, making me feel the wind and the surf and the salt spray.

The demons are nasty and disgusting critters, the magic intriguing, and the characters finely drawn. It's interesting reading this early work after rea
In this one we see Jaric still trying to not become his Father Ivain the Firelord, to run from his responsibilities yet deep down knows he must face them sooner or later. IMHO This book explores the question does the power make a man mad or is the man mad to begin with? Just because the Firelord Ivain, Jerics father, was mad/crazy with power does that mean that Jaric will be too?

Taen is going through some troubles of her own plus still trying to save Anskiere and Jeric. There are some nasty demo
Kat  Hooper
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

In this second episode of The Cycle of Fire, Ivainson Jaric witnesses some crucial history: how his father the Firelord and Anskiere the Stormwarden, both Vaere-trained sorcerers, bound the demons at Elrinfaer; how his father went mad and betrayed Anskiere; and how, though the demons were eventually bound, the land was destroyed in the process. Jaric also receives forewarnings, in the form of visions, of what the future will hold if he does not master his
I think this book is my least favorite Janny Wurts book. Halfway through the book, I stopped caring about Jaric. Taen's dreamsense made me wonder why the book wasn't told in true third person instead of watching through her powers. Oh, and Jaric sailed. A lot. Every other page, it seemed. I get it. He's a sailor. Good for him.
Too much about the logistics of sailing! Too boring.
I can't say enough about Janny Wurts, her books are the kind where you fall in love with the characters and feel you know them, where you keep turning the pages cause you have to find out what happens next!!!!

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Noelle Campbell
Really great action, though the protagonist wears on you with his constant denial of his calling. He has other redeeming traits that make you forget his vices.
I remember this being a very entertaining trilogy back when I read it, not quite as epic as the Mistwraith series but that's part of its charm.
Was happy to see the series started with Stormwarden continued. Enjoyed this book too, although not as much as Stormwarden.
#2good plot, rough edges to narrative, badly proofed in places
Excellent series. Rather easier reading than some of Janny Wurts
Original concept, beautiful writing.
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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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The Cycle of Fire (3 books)
  • Stormwarden (The Cycle of Fire, #1)
  • Shadowfane (The Cycle of Fire, #3)
The Curse of the Mistwraith (Wars of Light & Shadow, #1; Arc 1, #1) Warhost of Vastmark (Wars of Light & Shadow, #3; Arc 2 - The Ships of Merior, #2) Stormwarden (The Cycle of Fire, #1) The Ships of Merior (Wars of Light & Shadow, #2; Arc 2 - The Ships of Merior, #1) Fugitive Prince (Wars of Light & Shadow #4; Arc 3 - Alliance of Light, #1)

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