King of Foxes Paperback
Part of the Conclave of Shadows series
In the second instalment of The Conclave of Shadows. The Conclave demands its membership price from their new protege: Tal must gather information on the sinister magician Laso Varen.
But, to do this means service with the sorcerer's master, Duke Kaspar of Olasko - the very man he suspects of killing his family.
A POWERFUL NEW EPIC FANTASY SERIES FROM ONE OF THE GREAT MASTERS OF THE GENRE Talon, orphan of the Orosini tribe and last of his people has been transformed by the Conclave of Shadows from a trusting young boy to the dashing young nobleman Talwin Hawkins: educated, confident and now Roldem's premier swordsman.
The title, won at the Masters' Court, in front of the King, brought him a step closer to his desire - to avenge the massacre of his family.
Two participants in the slaughter are dead by his hand; Lieutenant Campaneal fell under his blade during the Master's Tournament and the other, Raven, died whilst attempting to butcher an Orodon village as he did Tal's people.
But still his lust for vengeance will not be sated until the reason for the massacres has been uncovered and their architect revealed and punished. The Conclave demands its price from Tal: he must gather information on Laso Varen, a magician of terrible power and subtle craft, dangerous beyond contemplation.
To do this means service with the sorcerer's master, Duke Kaspar of Olasko - and swearing loyalty to the very man he suspects of killing his family, even if it means becoming the Duke's right-hand and tracking down his enemies - the members of the Conclave and Talon's own friends.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 384 pages, maps
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 07/02/2005
- Category: Science fiction
- ISBN: 9780006483588
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Review by reading_fox
The further adventures of Talon of the Silver Hawk.- And despite the publisher's blurb, the end of the first part of the Conclave of Shadows. This could quite reasonable have been published as one book with Talon. Still seeking vengance for the murderof his village and his people. Talon owes a debt to the Conclave of Shadows a secretive organisation of magic users that have helped him, for thier own ends against an unspecified threat to the world. The Conclave requires that Talon work for Duke Casper and learn as much as he can about the magician Loren in his retinue. The only problem? Kasper is the very man Talon has sworn vengance against, not just to kill, but to bring low and take away all that he holds dear. Fortunetly Talon knows that his oath is only valid while Kasper maintain his side of it too.... Sent around the world promoting Kaspar's goals, Talkon learns yet more of royal politics and petty power plays (not forgetting the role beatiful women have behind the scenes) - though there seems ot be a shortage of the average or ugly women that one finds in real life! Then the assassins find him, and his world changes again. Still told in Feists light reading style the characters are colourful the world intense. An enjoyable read.