The Curse of the Mistwraith (Wars of Light and Shadow #1)
The world of Athera lives in eternal fog, its skies obscured by the malevolent Mistwraith. Only the combined powers of two half-brothers can challenge the Mistwraith’s stranglehold: Arithon, Master of Shadow and Lysaer, Lord of Lig...more
I can see why The Curse of the Mistwraith is one of those love it or hate it kind of books. It's been called overly-long, overly-detailed, and overly-descriptive, but I didn't find that to be the case. Instead, I'd go with the word 'immersive,' a word more often used to describe imagery and 3D technology.
What polarizes readers of this book/series comes down to the writing. This...more
The writing suffered from a disjointed structure and over-abundance of verbage. As in example, within the first twenty-seven pages of the book, we are treated to a "Prologue," written in historical fashion; a sea...more
While the book is a setup to a series, it doesn't end on a cliff hanger, something I appreciate. Actually, it coul...more
The plot of this story is hard to summarize, partly because there are so many twists and turns that it's almost impossible not to run into spoiler territory very quickly. Two half-brothers, Arithon and Lysaer, are on opposite sides of a confli...more
This is certainly one that will inspire two things: first, that I get ahold of the rest of the series and dive into them, and second, that in time I go back and r...more
The main characters, half-brothers Lysaer and Arithon, are a living embodiment of Light and Dark in all its permutations: each always in contrast but both absolutely necessary to the other. Born on the splinter world of Dascen Elur and raised to loath...more
This may have been one of the best books I've read. It certainly has one of the most complex, intriguing,...more
1. I don't understand the basis for the system of magic being used, because it's never really explained. There are long, LONG passages where you read about WHAT the mages are doing, but have no idea HOW or WHY it is supposed to work. I have no idea if the efforts being made are likely to work or not, and so the descriptions fall pretty flat as far as building dramatic tension goes. I see n...more
The farther I got, the less I liked it. I don't care if either prince dies or kills the other. Two-thirds of the way through they (maybe/kinda/sorta) conquered the Mistwraith, and took up trying to be kings. Paradoxically, the initiate enchantress Elaira seemed the best drawn character.
If it had been written f...more
There are two authors whose writing is dense and difficult but in the end reveals a story both exciting and addictive - Janny Wurts and Dorothy Dunnett. I've read and reread their works and never get tired of them.
This first book of what is to be an eleven book series is the introduction to a world of wonder, and in...more
I can't say that the plot or the characters are particularly original (as some reviewers have)... though to be fair, how many "really" new or original stories and characters are there? Yes, I've seen the "archetypes". There are the brothers one light one dark...caught in destiny's...more
Unfortunately, those last 50 pages are not earned by the 540 pages before. The first 540 pages were really quite bad -- not because Wurts is a poor writer, but because she is a poor storyteller. The sentence-by-sentence writing is actually quite...more
The curse of the mistwraith volume one of the wars of light and shadow opened my eyes to the greatest fantasy series of all time that is a testimony to what a dedicated, visionary writer can achieve. I was blown away by the sheer originality and creativity that was on a par with JRR Tolkien in regards to its uniqueness and vastly detailed plot that was a delight to behold. This compelling book I was unable to put down as I lost myself withi...more
The rhythmn of Ms Wurt's writing captures me from page one; a lyricism to the prose I find compelling. I never have to question who or what or where, because, simply, I am there with the characters.
The story itself is the beginning of a fairly long series follow...more
I'm on my first rereading. I'm starting to grasp the plot better, and it's starting to become much easier to grasp and follow along, especial...more
In particular, Morriel seems much more introspective and empirical (read: almost human!)than on my previous reads. The captain of the headhunters' league, Pesquil, stood out more as well, and whether I just didn't give him due attention or my focus was elsewhere, his dialogue gave me an angle to the Tal Quorin sequence that I don't recall previously.
The book ages well...more
I've only scored this book a four because of my own impatience in reading it. An impatience I think a lot of people might have felt when reading it and in many ways I guess it was a difficult book to write. Anybody drawn to this series already knows how this book ends. I know I...more
Arithon, the son of a pirate-king, has been trained to be a Master of Shadows but his hearts desire is to be a bard. Crown-prince Lysaer has been denied the teaching needed to skillfully wield his powers of light, but is schooled in way of politics and lead...more
This is a conflict. The story is amazing. Wurts did a great job in creating an alternate world with excellent characters---especially in creating the "bad guy" whose point of view is perfectly reasonable. Considering what's been done to him! The difficulty---and the reason I downgraded it to a "4" is the sentence construction.
Wurts builds the most incredible sentences u...more
Janny Wurts is a master craftsman at arranging words on a page, but to me the words often got in the way of the story's progression. I like to think I possess a pretty good vocabulary yet I found myself seeking out a dic...more
I rally don't know how to explain what it is that this story lacks. It has the potential for a great story, but I just could not care about the characters. In fact it wasn't that i didn't care, i just couldn't be bothered with them. Both of the main characters were bland and went through the story like they had nothing better to do.
There was no effort in giving the reader anything to...more
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