(From the publisher):
from the publisher
Loyal to none but herself and lethal even then to those closest to her, Shadea a'Ru now holds sway as a High Druid of Paranor- her ascension to power all but unchallenged in the wake of Grianne Omsford's sudden, mysterious vanishing. Only Shadea and her catspaw-the treacherous Prime Minister Sen Dunsidan- know the secret fate of the true Ard Rhys... for it was they who engineered it, by means of dark magic. And now Grianne languishes in the fearsome and inescapable netherworld called the Forbidding.
Their bloodless coop a success, the corrupt pair, and their confederates within the Druid Council, seek dominion over the Four Lands absolute-with the aid of a devastating new weapon. But it could all be undone if Grianne's young nephew, Penderrin, succeeds in his frantic quest to rescue her. Shadea's airship-borne minions and the relentless assassin under her commmand continue their fierce pursuit of Pen and his comrades.
Eluding death is only half of the battle for Pen. To breach the Forbidding, and bring Grianne back to the natural world means finding the fabled Tanequil... and the talisman it alone can provide. That means journeying into the Inkrim- a dreaded region thick with shadows and haunted by horrowing ledgends. It also means striking a bargain more dire than Pen could ever imagine. But there can be no turning back. For in her unearthly prison, the Ard Rhys faces a demonic plight too hideous to countenance...
Original title: Tanequil
Genre: Fiction→ Fantasy→ Sword and Sorcery
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