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Traitor's Knot (Wars of Light and Shadow #7)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  1,580 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
The gripping penultimate instalment of the Alliance of Light.

When half brothers Lysaer and Arithon defeated the Mistwraith its revenge left them cursed to lifelong enmity.

Having conquered the maze and achieved self-redemption, Arithon, Master of Shadow, is now the guest of the formidable sorcerer, Davien the Betrayer. No one knows how his influence will affect Arithon’s re
Paperback, 574 pages
Published August 30th 2006 by Meisha Merlin Publishing (first published August 15th 2005)
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Apr 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
With every new book in the WARS OF LIGHT AND SHADOW series by Janny Wurts, it gets harder and harder to write a review without either including massive spoilers for previous volumes or simply repeating the praise already heaped on it in earlier reviews. There are only so many variations on “gorgeous prose,” “intricate world-building,” “deep characterization,” “the books are consistently excellent” and so on. It’s especially hard to avoid spoilers for Traitor’s Knot, given that it’s the fourth bo ...more
May 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook, fantasy, favorites
I could die happy wrapped in the beauty of Janny's prose. :) In this book, Arithon heals from one trauma only to plunge himself into the middle of another. His doofus brother, Lysaer, has gotten himself wrapped up with some necromancers and Arithon has to try to save the world (and his brother, btw) from their dark and nefarious clutches. Elaira is shut off from their empathic connection during this process and she (and I) nearly die of fear for his life. More of the heart stopping action, the b ...more
David Cornelson
Aug 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
As mentioned in my previous review, the series has quickened significantly in pace and although there's still a great deal of detail about the land, this tale is about the still-impeded Seven in their battle to repair the damage done by the Prime Matriarch.

During this time, a cult of necromancy sees the opening to invade Lysaer's budding false religion with blood magic and both Sulvin Evand and Arithon fight to save the day.

This is probably the fastest read of the series and a fantastic adventur
Michael Kucharski
May 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Traitor’s Knot, seventh book in The Wars of Light and Shadow series. Robert Jordan should be reading Janny Wurts to see how it is done. Complex characters with complex relationship, noble honest rouges, golden heroes who lie to themselves, a history that stretches back beyond memory, scheming, betraying, heroic sacrifices, and more that fill a storyline that actually moves along. Where Jordan’s novels have bogged down to nothing happening in 600 pages that relate the events of two or three days; ...more
Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(No spoilers on the series) Stunning. I devoured this book. I was completely hooked and unable to stop turning the pages, all the while immersing with ease and tight focus in the story. Gorgeous, exciting, haunting, draining, the plot exerts an irresistible pull and throws the reader in a whirlwind of action, drama, witty bantering, tales of plunder, grim predicaments, thwarted desires, true friendships, covert entanglements and malicious, subtle plotting.

The convergence started with Peril’s Gat
Aug 05, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As with Janny's other books in the Wars of Light and Shadow series, this one maintains the same level of writing prowess and tight control of the plot that has been a hallmark of the rest of her work.

I am also happy to report that Arithon actually starts doing something in this novel, which makes this one my favorite of the series, thus far. He's been being built up with all of these interesting skills, but has been so crippled by his given gift of compassion that he's been utterly useless and o
Mel Allred
Mar 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
As I've said before in other reviews, I Love Janny Wurtz, if I can just read a single book, not a series. It seems that she can't bring anything to a satisfactory conclusion. For example, an aside conflict in this series (this is book 7) is the Wizards on-going battle with some distant wraiths that occasionally free themselves of the bondage spell they are in and head to earth, this battle saps the strength from the wizards, and other than that adds nothing to the story line. In this book, as a ...more
Andreas Hermansson
Great story again, I can't wait to read the last installation of the story arc.
There is a lot of music in The Wars of Light and Shadow – not only is the series’ main protagonist a preternaturally gifted masterbard, whose music is capable of working something very close to magic and is a recurring important plot element through all of the novels, not only does Janny Wurts make constant use of musical imagery and occasionally even structure (like at the end of Peril’s Gate where Elaira’s repeated “Cry, Mercy” serves as a kind of pedal point to Arithon’s ordeal) – but in a se ...more
Apr 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, fantasy, autographed
Traitor's Knot is the fourth book (of five) in the third arc and seventh in the series. (This is not a series that should be picked up in the middle.) The focus is on Arithon (yay!), and secondarily, on Lysaer. So much happens in this book. Strained by the havoc dealt to Athera's natural balance by the Koriani, Fellowship oversight of prevailing politics is hobbled. Prime Selidie presses her plot(s) to entangle Arithon. Once again out and about, Davien selectively meddles. Arithon, as always, tr ...more
Mar 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This volume retains its expansive world building and unique prose which can cast aspersions on any fantasy stalwart's claim of 'sweeping', 'grandiose' epics.
In this volume ,Arithon takes on kravolir, a cult of necromancers, which foments corruption in Lysear's alliance of light. The title refers to the devious plan of Davien, the exiled f'ship sorcerer to use arithon. This also perhaps better paced than all its predecessors. It has all you love about the series,plenty of sorcery and humor and a
Jul 28, 2008 rated it liked it
Summary: Ongoing tale of two brothers who are basically immortal and cursed to try and destroy each other using most of the resources of a modest size fantasy world to do so.

Things I liked:

All the machinations of the fringe groups and some of the secondary characters are quite well done. I'm initrigued by the 'compact' that is supported by this group of immortal wizards who seem to be a kind of global protection agency flying around the place making sure nobody gets too much power at once.

Althea Ann
I enjoy this series very much - although it's not remarkably original in its light-vs.-dark, wizards and sorceresses, pseudo-medieval setting, it's fun fantasy adventure with engaging characters and plenty of action. However, by this point in the series (the seventh large, fat book dealing with Our Hero Arithon's curse-inflicted conflict with his half-brother, Lysaer) it kind of seems like nothing's really going anywhere. The curse is still ongoing. Love remains unfulfilled. Alliances are formed ...more
This Is Not The Michael You're Looking For
After both the setup and potential of the last book, I'm happy to have found Traitor's Knot to be not only a solid successor but also the best book of the series thus far. The story has definitely turned a corner in both character development and plot and has at least somewhat abandoned the wallowing in self-pity which has permeated so much of the previous volumes.

The biggest flaw in this book was the introduction of the new "bad guys". They almost felt like they came out of nowhere, despite th
Feb 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Four and a half stars. I enjoyed this book, and the pacing definitely felt faster than previous books. The reason why I knocked off half a star is personal, and is likely not to apply to other readers. not a fan of perfect characters. I like my characters to have...flaws. And I think that is why I am...less of a fan of the main character. He has just become too perfect. It is the other primary character (who drives me batty because he has his head in a bucket [figuratively]) and the secon ...more
Feb 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this novel-length sidequest, protagonist Arithon goes up against a cult of necromancers threatening to upend his adopted country both politically and mystically. Arithon's crazy half-brother Lysaer and Lysaer's bodyguard Sulfin Evend achieve some much-needed character development, and Arithon (almost) manages to knock boots with his longtime love, Elaira, in an (unintentionally) darkly comedic disaster which really should have been in the running for the Literary Review's annual Bad Sex Award ...more
Jan 16, 2011 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
I so, so, so want to finish this series. But I am also totally not in the headspace for the book and don't expect to be any time soon. I'm going to call this a DNF to clear out the number of books I've got myself marked as reading at the end of the year. But happily my Kindle will remember where I'm up to for me and I do want to go back to it one day.
Karina Halt
Janny Wurts' seried Wars of Light & Shadow is the best fantasy series I have ever read! I have no words to cover how much I like this series, it is one that I can read over and over again. If you haven't read it, READ IT!! The way it is written is beautiful. The story is amazing. RECOMMENDED!!!
Nov 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Long, kind of drawn out, but still a good read! It's been a while since I read any of Janny's works, so had to catch up with the characters.
May 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I cannot get enough of this series... please please PLEASE (and at the same time don't) conclude it...
Leigh Bain
Apr 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
the end seemed really abrupt & the necromancer sorry felt misplaced but I see why she used it. enjoyable now in to the next one!
May 10, 2010 added it
love this book.. reading it agin
Nov 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the darkest books I've ever read in any genre so 5 stars from me...
Jun 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Constantly re-read this one because the twins become more developed in this book, as does the betrayer. There is more optimism and the end seems near.
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