Bantam, June 2002, 6.99, 480
Myrial is a place like no other; the ancients created this world as a refuge for species in danger of extinction. Impenetrable barriers known as the curtain walls separate the different realms from each other. The Shadow League led by Cergorn is the keeper of all knowledge both magical and mundane.
Amarun a Loremaster in the Shadow League is branded a traitor and flees the land, traveling through the curtain into the realm of Callisora. There in the capital city of Tiarond, he builds up a power base with his ultimate goal to march into Gendival and take control of his former associates, the Shadow League.
Through his machinations, the curtain is lowered and vicious flying creatures attack Tiarond, destroying the local army. Amarun travels back to his homeland intending to use whatever means necessary to take control of the Shadow League but to his surprise he finds unexpected allies who don't approve of Cergorn's rule.
Fans of the Shannara series by Terry Brooks and Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy will definitely enjoy Book 2 of the Shadowleague, SPIRIT OF THE STONE, an epic sword and sorcery fantasy novel. Told from the viewpoint of many different characters, both human and magical, readers feel at all times as if they are in the middle of the action in spite of some problems keeping track of whose whom. Maggie Furey is a talented storyteller who captures and keeps the attention of her audience.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner