Book two of Mickey Zucker Reichert’s acclaimed, bestselling epic fantasy Renhsai Chronicles—Discover the intricate epic fantasy Renshai universe, infused with Norse mythology, tangled intrigue, and cataclysmic magical battles.
The balance between Law and Chaos has long been maintained by the rulers of Bearn, but the death of the current king has enabled the elves to magically substitute one of their own on the throne. Under the leadership of Dh’arlo’me, the dark elves are preparing to claim their long-sought vengeance on humankind.
But when the small party which set out to find the last heir to the throne returns, Dh’arlo’me realizes that even magic and murder combined will not be enough to overturn the balance. His solution hinges on the kingdom’s greatest burdern and treasure, the Staffs of Law and Chaos.
Within those plain pieces of wood dwell the essences of Law and Chaos, each eternally seeking its Champion to destroy the other. Lured into one Staff’s power, Dh’arlo’me seeks to seduce the mortals into championing the other. It falls to Colbey—the greatest of Renshai warriors—to select that Champion. If he chooses wrongly, all life will come to an end.
But even success will come at a high price. For the only way to insure that this danger can never arise again is for both Champions and Staffs to be totally annihilated….
Mickey Zucker Reichert is a pediatrician, parent, animal lover, and author of more than 20 novels, including those in the Renshai Chronicles, Legend of Nightfall, and Beasts of Barakhai series. She has also written one illustrated novella and more than 50 short stories. Reichert… More about Mickey Zucker Reichert
“Delightful fantasy, featuring sympathetic characters, magical battles galore, edge-of-seat suspense, and truly impressive worldbuilding. Complex, intricate, by turns challenging and rewarding, this is ultimately quite a satisfying fantasy reading experience.” —VOYA
“Reichert has the uncanny ability to sustain unremitting horror and suspense—for over 700 pages, mind…. Altogether magnificent. The tangled interrelationships, including a tangled romance, are as fascinating as her enthusiastic descriptions of bloody, bloody battles. Her mastery of military matters is quite incredible.” —Kliatt
“[Reichert’s] most ambitious and satisfying work to date.” —SF Chronicle
“Handled with literary skill and folkloric scholarship that further raises the level of suspense.” —Booklist
“[Reichert’s] best book to date and one of the best fantasy reads of the year…. Excellent high fantasy.” —South Bend Tribune