Title: The Master of White Storm
Author: Janny Wurts
Publisher: ROC, 1992
Series: Stand Alone
Synopsis: After escaping from the slave-galleys of the bloodthirsty Murghai, Korendir, a man whose past is shrouded in mystery, sets off on a series of extraordinary quests: to battle the sorceress Anthei; to challenge the elemental Cyondide and win the lost hoard of the dragon Sharkash; to free the people of Northengard from the wereleopards that are decimating their population ...
Always Korendir's goal is treasure: but never for its own sake. A driven man, Korendir determines to build a fortress at Whitestorm, impregnable against all comers, be they human or supernatural, to protect himself from the dark secret of his ancestry.
Review: I fell in love with this author when I read her Cycle of Fire trilogy back in 2011. It's been far too many years since I revisited her writing and I remember now why I started getting all of Ms. Wurts' work that I could get my hands on. Her fantasy is wonderful. Her characters are unforgettable. The action is thrilling and scary. Even the romance is memorable. All in all, this book is a terrific read.
It ended on a bitter-sweet note, but I wasn't at all disappointed. I was just genuinely happy to have found a refreshingly new fantasy novel to love. It just doesn't get a whole lot better than this.
Rating: 9.5 / 10