David Zindell's short story Shanidar was a prize-winning entry in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future contest. He was nominated for the 'best new writer' Hugo Award in 1986. Gene Wolfe declared Zindell as 'one of the finest talents to appear since Kim Stanley Robinson and William Gibson -- perhaps the finest.' His first novel, Neverness, was published to great acclaim.
Valashu Elahad, young prince of the royal house of Mesh, has succeeded in his quest to discover the Lightstone, thought to possess the power to stop the Dark Angel Morjin from enslaving the world of Ea. But now the Lightstone must be protected from Morjin even as war comes to the world. Continuing the epic tale begun in The Lightstone and The Silver Sword, Zindell crafts a complex story of mythic proportions with a young hero out to prove himself and to save his world. Drawing upon classic images that recall tales of the Holy Grail and other quests, this latest work from the author of Neverness belongs in most libraries. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
Reviews of The Lightstone:'Vividly imaginative and truly grand' Time Out'Remarkable for scale, ambition and a capacity to evoke sinister beauty ... with the inherent strengths of mythic structure, bringing to the tale a sense of urgency and spiritual depth ... heroism is not just heroic acts but an emotional space that goes with the acquisition of doomed love and mortal enemies. This is an impressive start to an interesting cycle.' Roz Kaveney AMAZON'Every so often a novel comes along that threatens to redefine its genre. The Lightstone is such a novel ... Zindell re-imagines the epic on a grand scale ... The Lightstone shines brightly ' DREAMWATCH'David Zindell's words are like magic, which manage to capture the tiniest nuances of his landscapes and characters and bring them to life ... If you want something that will make you think, that touches on elements of spirituality and philosophy and the fine lines between good and evil then The Lightstone is a winner' WHSMITH.CO.UK
This intense third installment of Zindell's Lightstone epic (after 2007's The Silver Sword) finds seventh son Prince Valashu, descendant of the Star People, fighting both self-doubts and skeptical monarchs in his attempt to unite the free peoples of Ea against the magical assassins and mercenary armies following Morjin the Liar, the fallen angel known as the Great Red Dragon. In addition to the conventional fantasy hero challenges of tourneys, battles, quests and romance, Valashu struggles to determine his true place among the legendary figures looming large over the Grail-like Lightstone, which he stole from Morjin and must now reunite with its destined wielder. Zindell packs in frequent and substantial references to mythology and excerpts of prophetic poetry, sometimes mingling created theology with real-world mythical terms and sly pop culture references such as Valashu's lightning bolt-shaped forehead scar. This gives Ea an unusual depth and richness at the expense of slowing down and sometimes confusing the plot. (Apr.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.