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Fugitive Prince (Wars of Light and Shadow #4)

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  1,991 ratings  ·  32 reviews
Two half brothers, cursed by a Mistwraith to a lifelong enmity, whose gifts of light and shadow are set into violent conflict: . Lysaer, Prince of the Light. A dedicated, charismatic leader, sworn to uphold justice and set humanity free from the Sorcerer's rule, he will claim Divine Power to safeguard his people from an enemy he firmly believes will destroy them. Arithon, ...more
Hardcover, 565 pages
Published October 1st 1997 by HarperPrism (first published 1997)
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After rereading this book recently, I'm revising my rating to 5 stars. It does slow down from the pace of the first three, but now that I have the full story of the 3rd Arc, I have to give it 5 stars as every element in this book is essential to the completion of the whole story.

4.5 stars. I'm not really happy with any of my reviews of this series, so I'm putting this in every one: Mistwraith is an incredibly compelling, action filled, gut wrenching, heart stopping adventure with one of the most
Jul 27, 2010 Jon rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jon by: Fantasy Book Club Series Selection - August 2010
The opening installment for the third arc of the Wars of Light and Shadow satisfied through multilayer revelations yet drove my yearning for more to even greater heights of tantalization. I felt less connected to the characters this time around, but fully entrenched and sated with the world building discoveries - the history, the magic, the conflicts across the ages. I thrive on the whisper of near-forgotten legends and thrill to the song of mystical cosmic resonance.

In anticipation for an in-d
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I am less than half way through The War of Light and Shadow by Janny Wurts, have not reviewed the prior books, but feel a need to say something on finishing Fugitive Prince

The War of Light and Shadow has been the second best epic fantasy I have ever read. (For more on what I mean by that, see Spider Robinson's introduction to The Middle of Nowhere by David Gerrold.)

Fugitive Prince is the 3rd or 4th book in this series depending on whether you are reading hardcovers or paperbacks. I strongly rec
Jean Hontz
The War of Light and Shadow Book 4.

Epic fantasy with a wide cast of characters in a sprawling landscape filled with pitfalls and betrayals and hopeless plights. Two half-brothers, both poisoned by their encounter with the Mistwraith, their gifts twisted and turned to destruction of everything they care about. Arithon, trained as a mage, at least knows what’s happening and has training enough to fight against it. Lysaer has no such protection and is totally under the Mistwraith’s spell.

By book 4,
This Is Not The Michael You're Looking For
Fourth book in the (to be eleven book) series, and first book of the middle five book arc subtitled "The Alliance of Light", Fugitive Prince is more about setup than reward. In many ways it doesn't offer anything new: Arithon plans some scheme to save the lives of those who look up to him while trying to avoid active conflict, while Lysaer tries to rally the world behind him to eliminate the evil of his brother. Arithon suffers greatly due to his overzealous compassion whenever anything goes wro ...more
Fugitive Prince is the fourth novel in THE WARS OF LIGHT AND SHADOW by Janny Wurts, but because of the series' unique structure, it's actually the start of a brand new "arc" inside the overall story: book 1 comprises the first arc, books 2 and 3 together are the second arc, and the third arc consists of books 4 through 8 (the first of which is Fugitive Prince). Looking forward, the forthcoming 9th novel, Initiate's Trial, will be the first of 2 books in the 4th arc, and the 11th and final novel ...more
So Fugitive Prince is the initial volume in the next section of The Wars of Light and Shadow, called "The Alliance of Light" and consisting of five books. Apparently like many other readers, I definitely felt like the pace slowed considerably from the fantastic action and high emotion of Warhost of Vastmark; however, especially when compared to Curse of the Mistwraith, Wurts's capability for keeping exposition/set-up/etc. relatively intriguing shows definite improvement. Of course, it helps that ...more
May 08, 2011 Arlisa added it
this book tore my heart out and made me want to say fuck hatred, fear and hesay.
The dicotomy of emotions have wrung me dry. Her whole series all eight books have left me wanting.
I want to make lysear real flesh and blood to slap the crap out of him. I want to give Arithon a bracing hug and a slap on the back of the head. I wish i have fate forging visions like him.
Lo so che Janny sta cercando di farmi provare pietà anche per Lysaer, ma non posso, non riesco a perdonargli quello che ha fatto a Talith.
interesting note... Janny Wurts also painted the cover art for this book and for Ships of Merior...
Lysaer hunts while Arithon runs/hides.

Due to arrogance/denial/pride and the strengthening curse, the war escalates. Lysaer is turning his cause into a holy war to stop not just Arithon, but all magecraft in Athera. He is also starting to claim origins of divinity. Threatened by prophecy, the Koriani join the fray on the side of the Light, with the Prime Matriarch involved in a high stakes plot to ensnare Arithon.

Lysaer finally goes off the deep end in this one. His need to kill his brother at an
I've loved Janny's writing since a first discovered one of her books years ago. I usually go for voice first of all and her voice is one that as a reader I can easily fall into. The other thing I like is a complex character, and Janny certainly manages this.

"Fugitive Prince" of course, is only one of a whole series which puts Arithon and Lysaer through the proverbial ringer, but the reasons behind their actions, including the smarmy Lysaer, are always feasible. Often heart breaking, but understa
Janny Wurts is as far as I know unique among contemporary fantasy writers in so far as she deviates from the standard High Fantasy model in the opposite direction from the authors of the “New Grit” – while Martin, Abercrombie et al. do their best to make their protagonists appear less heroic and cut them down to a more human size, Janny Wurts, in her massive series The War of Light and Shadow, makes her characters even more Epic, painting them larger than life.[return][return]Which is not to say ...more
Aug 01, 2012 Christine is currently reading it
perhaps it would have helped if I read the previous books in this world... only a chapter in but I already see there is a lot of background I am missing. BUT our library doesn't have any of the earlier books but has some of the subsequent ones so I figured I would try to start here. I am already intrigued by one of the characters and want to find out where this is going so I think that bodes well. It does not look like an easy read. Text is really small and the author likes complex sentences wit ...more
After the events of the previous books, things escalate, the two brothers are more distant than ever, and continue their battle against each other. Did not find as compelling as the previous books - but it is still excellent, with complex ideas and plot, and makes readers wonder about how we define "righteous" and "evil".
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David Cornelson
This is my fourth or fifth time through Fugitive Prince and it still stands as an excellent episode in the series.

The machinations of the Koriani and Morriel Prime are the central focus of the book while Lysear moves Athera to a religious bend of the Mistwraith's curse.

The stand out scenes of this book are Dakar's unswerving and at the same time reluctant friendship to Arithon. But the pivotal moment is the expression of friendship and love shown in later chapters between Jeiret and Arithon.

I of
I think this book was the hardest in the series to read to date. It was bleak in places...a lot of places. So, I'm clinging to hope as hard as I can. I definitely think I discovered more of the layers in the book this time around, but then I'm a different person to that young girl who first picked this series up.

For those who love a complicated - in plot and writing style - fantasy I would definitely recommend this series, but I firmly suggest starting at the beginning. The author's style is not
c1995: On this the start of the 3rd arc - the publishers felt it proper to repeat the comments by Raymond E Feist that were also on the cover of the first book ie "Astonishingly original and compelling." Really? This was the best they could do? FWFTB: grief, conflict, consolidate, spells, destiny. FCN: Lysear, Elaira, Arithon, Morriel Prime,
I started this book a few times. It wasn't exactly gripping. I read this (as with many of the fantasy novels I've read) while waiting at the doc office for allergy shots (about a 6 year ordeal). Somehow the allergy shot experience is more memorable than the story, but I recall that once I got into it, it was a decent read.
These books are well written withinteresting characters, but her story is too huge, there is endless time between books and there is no way to keep track of the books. She had a single set of books then she devolves into a mini series in between the other series adn its just too much
The whole series might as well be called "The Neverending Story". Arithon goes from one peril to another with very little surcease. I skimmed through the first chapters of the next books and found the same theme. It goes on. And on. And on.
Another fantasy series I read so long ago that I don't remember much about it, but I do remember really enjoying the tension and grand intrigue of this series. I lost track of it, but it's one I need to revisit one day.
Not a bad continuation of the story.The archaic and flowery mode if speech with continual emphasis is tiring.
Leigh Bain
I had difficulty with this book, making my way through it. We watch the schism between the half-brothers widen & watch what happens as a result as lysaer tries to end sorcery on athera.
Tara Roane
some of the angst is getting irritating and you occasionally wish that the story would move on a bit quicker without so much soul searching but still a damm good read
It's just fantasy, purple prose, magic, overly sexy characters, etc.
Jun 11, 2008 Ruchel added it
the story of the look-a-like prince begins here.
The intrigue continues
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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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Other Books in the Series

Wars of Light and Shadow (10 books)
  • The Curse of the Mistwraith (Wars of Light & Shadow, #1; Arc 1, #1)
  • The Ships of Merior (Wars of Light & Shadow, #2; Arc 2 - The Ships of Merior, #1)
  • Warhost of Vastmark (Wars of Light & Shadow, #3; Arc 2 - The Ships of Merior, #2)
  • Grand Conspiracy (Wars of Light & Shadow #5; Arc 3 - Alliance of Light, #2)
  • Peril's Gate (Wars of Light & Shadow #6; Arc 3 - Alliance of Light, #3)
  • Traitor's Knot (Wars of Light & Shadow #7; Arc 3 - Alliance of Light, #4)
  • Stormed Fortress (Wars of Light & Shadow #8; Arc 3 - Alliance of Light, #5)
  • Initiate's Trial (Wars of Light & Shadow #9; Arc 4 - Sword of the Canon, #1)
  • Destiny's Conflict (Wars of Light & Shadow #10; Arc 4 - Sword of the Canon, #2)
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) Keeper of the Keys (The Cycle of Fire, #2)

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