HarperCollins, Feb 2002, 27.95, 736 pp.
Combined the two siblings were a power like none the world has ever seen before. However, after defeating an invincible evil, the duo turns towards each other. The Prince of Light Lysaer demanding justice wants to kill his brother Prince of Rathain Arithon just as the Curse predicted they would. However, in spite of some powerful allies, Lysaer has found Arithon living up to his birth born Master of Shadow abilities as the latter escapes perfect traps.
Both brothers use magic to survive as their rivalry leads each into separate adventures. However, Arithon knows that Lysaer is coming closer so he needs an ally to counterbalance his sibling's magical associates. Reluctantly, Arithon turns to the enchanter Davien the Betrayer who has also lived up to his name, having betrayed and killed Arithon's kin and could just as likely do the same to the Master of Shadow.
PERIL'S GATE is an exhilarating sword and sorcery thriller, but feels bloated as Janny Wurts adds filler material. Still the adventures of the siblings are exciting when the subplots remain steady and not filled with sidebars. Sub-genre fans will enjoy the events that seem to slowly bring the siblings closer to the final confrontation, leaving the latest entry in the Wars of Light and Shadow clearly for the S&S crowd.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner