Lord of Lies by David Zindell

By David Zindell

The 7th and youngest Valeri, Valashu Elahad, noble warrior and prince of the royal condo of Mesh, has sought the legendary Lightstone in a quest to prevent the scary darkish Angel Morjin from enslaving all of Ea.With his stalwart partners, Val braved nice hazards and fought many battles of their look for this elusive totem. And locate the sacred item they did.But occasionally gratifying a quest doesn’t carry serenity yet as an alternative insanity untold. Now that the Lightstone has ultimately been stumbled on, Morjin will use all of his skills to get it again. Val's victory in Argattha used to be simply the start of a struggle with Morjin. Val is aware that he by myself needs to guard the sacred vessel. yet he's coming to appreciate simply what powers he's confronting and he isn't convinced that he's robust sufficient to stick to the trail of righteousness. He wonders who he can belief to aid him as he encounters treasonous plots and betrayal by way of these closest to him, proof of Morjin's energy to spoil him and take the Lightstone.  

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I offered my arm around his back to steady him, but he shook me off, saying, 'Thank you my friend, but I'm not that drunk - not yet. Of course, your father has promised me some of his best brandy. ' I said, shaking my head. ' We made our way down the short corridor connecting the hall lo the castle's keep. There we found another corridor leading straight to my father's rooms. Most of his guests had already retired for the night, but from the deeps of this great building came sounds of low voices and heavy oak doors creaking and closing.

In its sudden, clear radiance, I saw many things: that Baltasar would truly die for me, not because I wished it, but because he loved me even more than he hated Salmelu or his dreadful lord. And so he would not let me be the one to slay Salmelu. The Lightstone cast its splendor on his noble face, and I saw in him the finest flower of Valari knighthood about to cut down Salmelu - and thus be cut down by the failing of my heart. Baltasar. The One's creations, I saw, were so beautiful. The promise of life was so sweet and good and great.

Surely,' my father added, staring at Count Dario, 'King Kiritan will succeed in controlling his barons, whether or not the Lightstone is brought into Tria. ' And with that, he turned toward one of these kings. This was King Kurshan of Lagash, who now stood on his long legs to address my father and all gathered in the hall. His blue tunic, embroidered with the white Tree of Life, fell about his long form as he turned his much-scarred visage toward my father and said, 'Tria is far from the Nine Kingdoms, as is Sakai.

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