Tristen is both more and less than a man. A summoning, a shaping, he was brought to life by a wizard, to serve a king yet to be crowned.
Now the wizard is dead: a united Ylesuin, and a peace this land has never known. Cefwyn needs his only friend, this young man of mysterious origins who is more brother than vassal. He relies on Tristen, and trusts him though he knows not why, as he plans the war that will bring his dream to pass...or bring ruin upon them all.
The eagerly awaited sequel to her acclaimed Fortress in the Eye of Time, C.J. Cherryh's newest high fantasy triumph is an epic saga of destiny and intrigue in a magical world as wondrous, and as real, as our own.
Continuing the adventurea nd life of the magically summoned Tristen. It was thought that perhaps Mauryl's shaping was only aimed at Hausfel but as Tristen is still here after his great battle, maybe Mauryl had other aims in mind.Still armed with his sword of Truth and Illusion and the Edge to divide the two, Tristen learns a new word - Apperances. How important they are in the society of man and religion, even if somewhat ephemeral in nature. Fortress of Eagles covers a two week period after the Eye of Time, when the court with King Cefwyn has reconviened in the capital Guelmarra, but before the official wedding to his "foreign" bride the intelligent, beautiful and slightly sorcerous Nervaise. The dogmatic and conservative barons are not impressed and try every tactic to prevent this change in royal policy. Then lightening strikes the holy Quinaltine roof, and they have the lever they require. Tristen is sent on his own, to take charge of the provinence of Amefel. Can he cope, when he has never seen the falling of autumn leaves or snow in Winter?Another good read from Cherryh, maybe not her best, but still gripping fantasy with questions about being human.read more
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