The Isle of BattleeBook - 2005
Fleeing a forced marriage, Elise Wills makes a desperate bargain with a dark river spirit, while wanderer Alaan, searching for Elise with a band of companions, seeks to elude the dark knight Hafydd who hunts him for his secrets.
Treachery and deceit run rampant throughout a devastated land, spawning dark alliances in the terrible war ignited by the enmity of two families. But unbeknownst to all, there are others who truly control the beleaguered kingdom's destiny—combatants emerging from eons of restless sleep to renew the bloody terror of a battle older than time.
Epic high fantasy this good comes along only once in a while! Standing with the best of the field, Sean Russell's Swans' War series has enchanted readers and critics alike with its fascinating tale of good and evil, romance and violence, magic and mystery. After years of bitter enmity, the battle for power between the Renné and the Wills families has reached a fever point. Fleeing a forced marriage, young Elise Wills has made a desperate bargain with a dark river spirit to save her own life. It is left to the wanderer Alaan, together with a band of brave companions, to find Elise -- even as the dark knight Hafydd hunts Alaan for the secrets he possesses. But if Alaan cannot free Elise, the entire kingdom will be consumed in a bloody war between unquiet ghosts.
Blackwell North Amer
Treachery and deceit run rampant throughout a devastated land, spawning dark alliances in a terrible war. Even kinsmen cannot be trusted in a struggle for power that touches all with its murderous hand. And young Elise Wills - believed dead - has emerged from the Stillwater's eerie depths, alive but changed forever. The heroic wanderer, Alaan, grows weaker by the hour and teeters on the brink of oblivion.
For those who seek to rule at any price in blood and destruction - and for those entrusted with the preservation of Ayr - Alaan holds the key. But he is lost somewhere in the hidden lands. No one - not the transformed Elise, not the malevolent knight Hafydd, not the courageous Valemen or the troubled Renne leader Toren - may enter this dark and magical place without the guidance of the map-maker, a strange man whose own motives are as mysterious as the mists that drift above the Stillwater.
And unbeknownst to the diverse factions who covet Alaan's secrets, there are others who truly control the destiny of the embattled kingdom. For the warring children of the Wyrr are reemerging after eons of restless sleep, in an unresolved battle older than time.
Fleeing a forced marriage, Elise Wills makes a desperate bargain with a dark river spirit, while wanderer Alaan, searching for Elise with a band of companions, seeks to elude the dark knight Hafydd who hunts him for his secrets. Reprint.