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Mother of lies
David Duncan
Adult Fiction DUNCAN

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Heroes and villains charge toward a satisfying climax in the violent, intrigue-filled conclusion to Duncan's two-volume epic fantasy (after 2006's Children of Chaos), set on a dodecahedral world. The four young sibling heirs to the dying Doge of Florengia, who were kidnapped and separated years earlier by the Bloodlord Stralg, have grown to adulthood and finally been reunited by the Liberators, led by brash Marno Cavotti (aka the Mutineer). As they fight their way homeward, Stralg's bloodthirsty, fanatical sister, Saltaja Hragsdor, begins her own march on Florengia, intent on setting her brother's bastard son on the doge's throne. One well-choreographed combat scene follows another. Some playful sibling rivalry provides comic relief. This smartly plotted fantasy should please not only Duncan's many loyal fans but also those who enjoy the work of Terry Goodkind and Jennifer Fallon. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Fifteen years after the conquest by Bloodlord Stralg of the city of Celebre and the kidnapping of its four potential heirs, Stralg's troops are ensconced in the city as the humiliated wife of its former doge rules as a figurehead until her ailing husband's death. But resistance is building as a hero known as the Mutineer plans to retake his city and the doge's children make their tortuous way back home from the other side of the world. Set on a dodecahedron-shaped world, Duncan's sequel to Children of Chaos builds to a surprising but inevitable conclusion. A solid addition to any library's fantasy collection; for fans of fantasy adventure. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Benard Celebre
Stonemason of amazing talent.

Orlando Celebre
Benard's brother; initiate of the cult of Weru, the god of storm and battle; yearns to overcome his Florengian blood and fight for the Vigaelian army.

Frena Celebre
Sister of Benard and Orlando; has no memories of the family she was taken from.

Fabia Celebre
Brother of Benard, Orlando and Frena; adopted by a wealthy landowner; spoiled.

Saltaja Hragsdor
Stralg's sister; intent on setting her brother's bastard son on the throne; determined to keep her family's dynasty in power.

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