Book two of Mickey Zucker Reichert's acclaimed, bestselling epic fantasy Renhsai Chronicles-Discover the intricate epic fantasy Renshai universe, infused with Norse mythology, tangled intrigue, and cataclysmic magical battles.
THE BALANCE BETWEEN LAW AND CHAOS has long been maintained by the rulers of Bearn, but the death of the current king has enabled the elves to magically substitute one of their own on the throne. And, under the leadership of Dh'arlo'me, the dark elves are preparing to claim their long-sought vengeance on mankind.
But when the small party which set out to find and bring back the last possible heir to the throne returns to Bearn, Dh'arlo'me realizes that even magic and murder combined will not be enough to overturn the balance. Now his solution must hinge on Bearn's burden and treasure: the Staffs of Law and Chaos. Within these plain-pieces of wood dwell the essences of Law and Chaos, each eternally seeking its Champion to destroy the other.
Lured into one Staff's power, Dh'arlo'me seeks to seduce the mortals into championing the other. And with all the worlds teetering on the brink of doom, it falls to Colbey Calistinsson - son of the god Thor and the greatest of Renshai warriors - to select that Champion. If he chooses wrongly, all life will come to an end. Yet even success will come at a high price. For the only way to insure that this danger can never arise again, is for both Champions and Staffs to be totally annihilated.
Mickey Zucker Reichert (1962- )
Mickey Zucker Reichert is the working name Miriam Zucker Reichert. Reichert is a paediatrician and is a Doctor of Medicine. She is from a town in Iowa and has fostered and adopted children as well as a variety of animals, describing herself as a "bird wrangler, goat roper, dog trainer, cat herder, horse rider, and fish feeder who has learned (the hard way) not to let macaws remove contact lenses". Reichert began publishing work of genre interest with "Homecoming" for Space & Time in 1989. She has over 22 novels to her name, as well as an illustrated novella and over 50 short stories, and she is best known for her Renshai series, which provides a different perspective on traditional Norse mythology. Reichert was asked to write three prequels of I, Robot by Asimov's estate, being a science fiction author with an MD, and is the first woman to be authorised to write stories based on Asimov's novels.