|The Barnes & Noble Review|
Peril's Gate is the third installment in Janny Wurts's Wars of Light and Shadow series. For those who have yet to read Curse of the Mistwraith and Grand Conspiracy, be sure to pick them up, because this is turning into one of the best fantasy series out there.
The story follows the fate of two half brothers. Lysaer, who is fair of hair and small in stature, is considered the Gift of Light; he is the born ruler of his land. Arithon, however, is quite the opposite of his brother in more than just looks. Considered a pirate and rogue, the dark-haired Master of Shadows and Magery is pitted against Lysaer just as they begin to work out a truce.
Peril's Gate follows the next stage in this war, a fight that neither brother really wants. Stuck in the winter land, hiding from his enemies, Arithon finds help in the most unlikely of people: Devian, the sorcerer who was one of the chief proponents of this war, has now reached out a helpful hand to the Master of Shadows. But can Arithon trust the sorcerer? (L.H.)