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The Curse of the Mistwraith (1993)

av Janny Wurts

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Serier: Wars of Light and Shadow Arcs (Curse of the Mistwraith), Wars of Light and Shadow (book 1)

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1,1622812,707 (3.63)2 / 177
The stunning first volume in Janny Wurts's epic tale of two half-brothers cursed to life-long enmity, now re-released with a striking new cover. The world of Athera lives in eternal fog, its skies obscured by the malevolent Mistwraith. Only the combined powers of two half-brothers can challenge the Mistwraith's stranglehold: Arithon, Master of Shadow and Lysaer, Lord of Light. Arithon and Lysaer will find that they are inescapably bound inside a pattern of events dictated by their own deepest convictions. Yet there is more at stake than one battle with the Mistwraith - as the sorcerers of the Fellowship of Seven know well. For between them the half-brothers hold the balance of the world, its harmony and its future, in their hands.… (mer)
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This book was like a solid dose of nostalgia for me. An old-style epic-high magical world with magic left and right, mages and high mages, legendary creatures - so Tolkienesque and yet not Tolkienesque. In fact there is quite a bit of stuff that can act as a critical commentary of Tolkien

If this book has one fault, it is that its a bit too slow. But that is understandable. I felt like 70% of this book was setup for the future series. Meanwhile there is some meticulous worldbuilding and painstaking character arc construction. I often got the feeling that the primary importance of the things I was reading was to create a juxtaposition to showcase future changes and developments.

Overall the feeling I got from this book was awe as I gradually understood the scope of the series and the world. I am eager to get into the later books ( )
  Andorion | Feb 6, 2021 |
The first time I read "The Curse of the Mistwraith", it endowed a great sensation of frustration upon me. The characters' motivations were beyond me, Arithon was the only engaging character, but Lysaer bored me and the Fellowship of Seven seemed just as bad as the Koriathain. The prose was overwhelmingly flowery, which made the plot as easy to grasp as the eponymous Mistwraith. I gave it three stars, but decided to give the rest of the series a chance because it had potential.

Less than three months later I ended up stuck in the middle of Initiate's Trial….the ninth book in the series…I was, and still am, totally engrossed by the series. I realised that (a) I needed to see these characters again, and (b) I needed to re-read Curse.


All the frustrations I had with Curse disappeared - there are very few problems with this book that relate to the author or the plot. I was the problem.

Wurts' prose is unique. It reminds me a little of Steven Erikson, but their voices are completely different and, despite its density, Wurts' prose can be quite jovial. I paid more attention to the plot, especially the parts I struggled with the first time round, although there are parts of the book where the plot lags. And after nine books, and despite the number of times I've shout abuse at him, Lysaer is one of my favourite characters.

It's a shame that there are readers who are missing out on the series because of Curse. Yes, the prose is difficult to get into, but it's worth the investment :) ( )
  meerapatel | Jan 2, 2021 |
I really like the ideas behind this book. The exploration of both sides of a feud acting sympathetically, and looking at how history is coloured towards the winners is an interesting one.

However, it is a very long fantasy book in a very long series that is not yet finished, and I am clearly too much a product of modern life - I would happily have invested half a day in the story, but I did find the pacing slow, and I am not sure I fancy ploughing through eight more books.

Also, a lot of the characters' motivations come from prophecy. Which is totally fair game in a magical world, but 'he had to do this terrible thing, because he Knew TM it was the only way to achieve Important Thing' is a bit simplistic. And it did leave me thinking 'if you Know TM, could you not just tell people a bit more?!?!' The wise all powerful wizards who don't trust the common man enough are a bit frustrating as a common man. (I'd love to know if the rest of the series plays with that, or if the wizards are just Right.)

It's also very Divine Right of Kings - the heroes are descended from the Kings Of Old, and the current democratic rulers are portrayed as stupid and short sighted.

Still, poor Arithon, wanting to be a simple musician, but knowing destiny means he must rule, even though he doesn't want to. ( )
  atreic | Aug 6, 2019 |
I loved this first book in the Wars of Light and Shadow series. I will definitely re-read the entire series once I'm done with it, and I can imagine that it'll turn into a five star read. There's much between the lines to be discovered, and there are definitely things I missed.

This isn't an easy book. It's not a quick read. The prose is dense, beautiful, descriptive, and the author, Janny Wurts, asks the reader to pay attention and to be patient. No word is wasted, no paragraph can be skimmed. It's all there from the very start, and I found it extremely rewarding to put in the time and immerse myself in the world and the characters.

The Curse of the Mistwraith offers a richly detailed world, filled with lore and history. It feels like every word is hand picked, and I must admit I fell in love with Arithon, Master of Shadow, who just wants to play his music and instead gets pulled into an epic conflict.

I recommend this to everyone who enjoys high fantasy, is looking for an epic series, maybe even for a bit of a challenge, and who doesn't mind reading slowly, absorbing the prose and putting in some work. ( )
  Vinjii | Mar 26, 2018 |
Between the whining, the childish attitudes [I'll do what I want so don't tell me what to do, or if you do, I'll do just the opposite:], the womanish emoting of the two princes's, it was too much to handle. The 2 main characters should have been women, not men. Men would have grabbed the situation by the throat, not acted like these two... ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
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All for the waste of Karthan's lands, the Leopard sailed the main. S'llessid King then cursed s'Ffalenn, who robbed him, gold and grain

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The stunning first volume in Janny Wurts's epic tale of two half-brothers cursed to life-long enmity, now re-released with a striking new cover. The world of Athera lives in eternal fog, its skies obscured by the malevolent Mistwraith. Only the combined powers of two half-brothers can challenge the Mistwraith's stranglehold: Arithon, Master of Shadow and Lysaer, Lord of Light. Arithon and Lysaer will find that they are inescapably bound inside a pattern of events dictated by their own deepest convictions. Yet there is more at stake than one battle with the Mistwraith - as the sorcerers of the Fellowship of Seven know well. For between them the half-brothers hold the balance of the world, its harmony and its future, in their hands.

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