The Fifth Sorceress : Chronicles of Blood & Stone

  • by Robert Newcomb
  • Narrated by Simon Jones
  • Series: Chronicles of Blood & Stone
  • 5 hrs and 44 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It is more than three centuries since the ravages of a devastating war nearly tore apart the kingdom of Eutracia. In its wake, all those who masterminded the bloodshed were sentenced to exile, with return all but impossible and death all but inevitable. Now a land of peace and plenty, protected and guided by a council of immortal wizards, Eutracia is about to crown a new king. And as the coronation approaches, the spirit of celebration fills every heart. Except one.Prince Tristan is a reluctant monarch-to-be. Though destined by tradition to succeed his father as ruler, he is a rebel soul. And when he discovers the ancient, hidden caves where strange red waters flow it only makes him yearn all the more to escape his future duty...and succumb to the stirrings of enchantment within him.But more than tradition compels Tristan to ascend the throne. The very existence of Eutracia depends upon it. For after these long centuries of peace, the old evil has returned, and Tristan's role in an ages-old prophecy must be fulfilled - or the cost of his kingdom and his people will be beyond imagination.It will be a battle like none ever known, against an enemy whose thirst for blood and domination is endless and unyielding. And for Tristan, it will be the ultimate challenge: facing an adversary whose greatest weapon is the person he loves most - transformed into the instrument of his annihilation...and the catalyst that will doom Eutracia forever to darkness.


What the Critics Say

"Newcomb may be a newcomer to fantasy writing, but it doesn't show in this surprisingly original leaves you wanting more." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

All women are bad, in this trite fantasy

This book was miserable, standard fantasy fare, poorly written with the usual character archetypes -- such as the, like, totally awesome main character who is ignorant of his destiny to save the world despite everyone else knowing. The only real twist is the bizarre underlying sexism that doesn't really relate to the plot, but simply seems to be the voice of the author. In this book, all the women are basically evil (and dress in leather) or simply really weak. Some of this might be forgivable if it was well written. It isn't. Stay away.
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- Ethan M.

I don't understand the controversy

Many have accused the author of being a misogynist and the book a projection of the viewpoint. I don't see it. It's simply the sorcerers against a coven of sorceress'. Any way, this book is about a young hero that doesn't want to be one and his fate requiring him to be one due to circumstances.I thought the book was pretty good, though due to it being abridged it was pretty clunky. The narration was above average. I enjoyed the book enough to buy the second in the series and listening to it right away. Buy the book on sale because it is abridged.
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- Bob-o

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-09-2002
  • Publisher: Random House Audio