Curse of the Mistwraith - Summary with Highlights - Prologue
"Summary with Highlights" pages combine an in-depth plot summary with additional commentary about key details and language subtleties a reader might overlook. They are designed for readers who need a bit more direction in this challenging story, and have been reprinted here with the author's permission and Janny Wurts's blessing.
|Spoiler warning: These pages are based on one person's reading experience and are not intended to be a purely impartial plot synopsis. Please be aware that the extra highlights might foreshadow events that happen later in the story or pull your eye towards a detail you'd prefer to discover on your own. Proceed with caution if you would rather have a completely unguided reading experience!|
|Spoiler warning: Contains plot elements from Curse of the Mistwraith.|
Most of the sentences here draw our attention to what will follow and what direction the story will take. I'm going to take them in turn:
- "The Wars of Light and Shadow were fought during the third age of Athera" - there are ages, each one important in a way or another
- "Arithon, called Master of Shadow battled the Lord of the Light through five centuries of bitter conflict" – the series spans over 5 centuries of conflict
- According to the canons of the religion founded during that period, "the Lord of Light was divinity incarnate, and the Master of Shadow a servant of evil, spinner of dark powers." – temple archives vouch for this truth
- Fragments of manuscripts offer contrary evidence exposing "the entire religion of Light as fraud" and awarding "Arithon the attributes of saint and mystic instead" – 2 contrary claims that highlight the main purpose of the series - to invite the reader to distinguish the truth and perhaps take a side? "Let each who reads determine the good and the evil for himself."
- The conflict "did not begin on the soil of Athera itself", but "upon the wide oceans of the splinter world Dascen Elur".