"This journey you have chosen. I cannot make it for you." Adramina's voice softened. "But do not judge suffering so harshly, Iliff. For indeed, it has proven a faithful guide. Think of all the times it has led to your release."
A hero's journey and poignant allegory, The Prisoner and the Sun chronicles Iliff's struggle for freedom. Stone walls, lies, dreadful creatures, and Death itself beset his path. And then there are Iliff's own convictions about the unseen Sun and how one beholds it. Convictions that present perhaps the most daunting barriers to his quest's fulfillment.
Now, all three books in one epic edition:
Book 1: Escape - Young Iliff believes his prison world to be all there is. But when a stranger tells him the story of a long-ago escapee, Iliff resolves to learn the truth. Thus begins his journey to find the Sun, a magnificent power from which all things are said to originate -- including him.
Book 2: Lights & Shadows - The journey is over. The quest for the Sun fallen to ruin. From the depths of a hopeless swamp, Iliff condemns himself. But when he encounters a dethroned king and his war-torn subjects, he stirs to new purpose: to protect these good people from the darkness of the world.
Book 3: Final Passage - The Sun remains elusive, and Skye is fading. Now the challenge before Iliff is clear: complete his quest or lose Skye forever.
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Colorful characters in a spiritual adventure
I really enjoyed listening to this story. The story itself was a bit on the young side for me, hence the 4 stars over 5, but I love adventures and fantasy, and this is a good one.
It's a spiritual story, but it's also a fun adventure. I really enjoyed the characters, and each new world was described in such detail, I could absolutely see it. It all felt very colorful and bright - even in the dungeons and caves!
I think the narrator really keeps the story moving forward, and he gives each character real color, distinct personality, and great depth. Some of them I sort of "cast" in my mind, so each character had a face - a real presence. Stories with introspection can loose pace, but the narration kept my interest and kept narrative flowing.
The relationship between the hero and his troll friend, then the young troll he looked after was so strong, I really felt for them. His ambivalence about the older troll was so moving - you want him to do what's right, but understand the pressure he's under.