From the author of The Hound and the Falcon series
What is the Avaryan Rising series about?
From American fantasy and science fiction author Judith Tarr, the Avaryan Rising series also known as the Avaryan Chronicles is an high epic fantasy series.
He appeared out of the northern mountain fastness, wielding powerful magics and claiming to be the Sun God’s own child. His burning desire was to rule the entire world, and he inspired the loyalty of men who would fight for it with him. But conquering an empire, and ruling it, are two very different things. Even for the children of a demi-God.
Avaryan Rising Books in Order:
- The Hall of the Mountain King – The king’s heir of Ianon is long lost, vanished into the south. Her father refuses to name his son heir in her place, though that son is a mighty warrior. Then one day a young wanderer arrives with news that both breaks and heals the king’s heart: his heir is dead, but before she died, she gave birth to a son. That child, now grown, has come to take her place. But the king’s son will not surrender his hope of kingship to a boy without a father, though he claims to be the son of a god.
- The Lady of Han-Gilen – Elian of Han-Gilen is the pride and scandal of her father’s princedom. She has out-ridden, out-hunted, and out-shot every suitor. Now comes one whom she could bring herself to love: no lesser man than the throne prince of the Golden Empire. But Elian swore an oath as a child to a foster brother who is now a warrior king. Consort to an imperial heir or squire at arms to a conqueror: Elian must choose, and in choosing, decide the fate of two empires.
- A Fall of Princes – Kidnapped, tortured, betrayed by his brothers whom he loved, the heir of the Golden Empire has lost everything but his life. His only hope is a chance encounter, a wandering priest from the Empire of the Sun. But the priest is more than he seems, and the prince is stronger than he knew; and war is coming. Two empires hang in the balance. Two emperors will fall, unless the prince and his unwelcome ally find a way to make peace. But peace comes at a price; and that price may be too high for either to pay.
The omnibus edition collects the first three books of the series composing the complete Avaryan Rising cycle: The Hall of the Mountain King, The Lady of Han-Gilen, and A Fall of Princes.
- Arrows of the Sun – The war between the Golden Empire and the Empire of the Sun is over, the empires merged into one, and one emperor over them all: Estarion, heir to both royal houses. But Estarion will not accept half of his heritage, nor will the Golden Empire willingly accept him. The same forces that assassinated his father are arrayed against him, led by the last scion of an ancient imperial line—and he must stand against them and truly unite the empires, or see all the great work of his ancestors reduced to rubble.
- Spear of Heaven – Worldgates are a great magic and a great convenience: opening the way from one world to the next, and from one side of a world to the other. Now the mages of the Gates are exploring a new continent and forging new alliances, led by the Master of the Mageguild and the heir to the throne of Sun and Lion. Suddenly, the Gates begin to fall—and the Master and the royal heir are trapped in a hidden kingdom on the far side of the world, with no way out but through the broken Gates.
- Tides of Darkness – Prince Daros of Han-Gilen is an infamous rake and wastrel–and a hidden and completely untrained mage of enormous power. Caught breaking the strictest laws of the Mageguild and their magical Worldgates, he is sentenced to serve an aged emperor far away from either taverns or temptations. But a tide of darkness is rising to swallow the worlds of the Gates. Mages are dying and worse; but Daros’s very lack of training shows him the way to stand against the tide: to enter the darkness, and pay its price, and engage it on its own ground.
The omnibus edition collects the last three books of the series composing the complete Avaryan Resplendent cycle: Arrows of the Sun, The Spear of Heaven, and The Tides of Darkness.