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The title of this novel is an oxymoron. The reason it is an oxymoron, is because of what happens during the glorious Age of Water!
Darkness overshadows the long awaited time of Water. With King Ilùviuks gone, an ancient evil is awakened and Arden is re-visited by an evil force,
a dreaded force so evil, and alive once before.
Long ago, this evil force devoured time and tried stopping it with the downfall of King Exiv.
Long ago, a pact was made. The dreaded wolf, the Xandràxan
would return to help Wuàde's Fire. With the Fire Era gone, the ancient evil has returned with the re-birth of the dark Xandràxan. Now, it appears that Kuírbha,
the ancient adversary has restored life to the evil wolf. The last remnant known in Arden to the dark wolf's presence was within the Last Guardian, but it was destroyed
in the year 12,996 BA.
"The seed of the Glorious Woman must not prevail. Within her womb is the water of life that satisfies the thirsty and powerless Elemental Points." This was an
ancient portent amongst the Bibhon of Arden, the "night gods." This is made mention in the Book of the Morning, and it gives warning to the Bibhon to fear
the shadows for the shadows would deceive them in turn.
The fulfilment of this portent came to being on Garroàsabba 21, 3 AA with the birth of Coànir the Elemental Wonder.
The Glorious Woman is a reference to Elvíenya Kinkayle, Daulky's wife. And, all throughout the Chronicles of Tristan, there is warning to a "era of shadows."
Both Itheùks and Daulky make mention of it, but this would be taken for granted in Brilliant Shadows, after everyone believes that the Era of the Concordant Summit is nigh.
They were all wrong!
As The Chronicles of Tristan: Onward the Chronicle comes to an end, there is a clue to what happens next. The Fire Prince was subdued, but unbeknownst to the victors,
the Fire Prince was visted by a strange creature and bitten. The Fire Prince becomes serioulsy ill and suffers the effects of a transformation, a transformation into
the reborn creature, Xandràxan.
After restoring the town of Conería, and settling down peaceably in the Kingdom of Valkíerk, Coànir is warned about the evil presence, but he figures that people are only creating
stories of the past. There no longer was a threat in Arden. The Fire Era was history! Coànir presumes that its all just legend and rumor to shake people up.
The Shadows that both Daulky and Itheùks warned about for so long, have finally come to pass with Mairha Kot. Fear falls upon the fallen elfin Kingdom of Cátern. Just because the fire of King Ilùviuks has
been extinguished does not mean peace has come. "Yet there be shadows, let us not lose hope in the light." Coànir remembers those words spoken by his mother at one time and soon, a
fright stirs within him. It's back! Coànir thought. Right on time! Lurking in the despair of Cátern is the creature Xandràxan, preying on the remaining souls who
withstood the fire of King Ilùviuks. Striking with full force, the Xandráxan surfaces within the kingdom and fill the hearts of man with fear. Little does Coànir know, but the myth from the Book of the Morning actually
is truth for him and his people. The evil wolf turns up and strikes...
Arden is put on full alert as time is being devoured once
again by the evil wolf. So, Coànir quests to find a way to destroy the beast and its stranglehold on Arden for good.Can the wolf be stopped in time before plaguing elfin kind and mankind with despair and fear?
Will the lost Kingdom of Cátern survive?
Herein, is that tale....
`Thírnae, go píornain mhan cGasandràcsaen - Cattain, na ber - uámaeradh uí-gmheòrch hoís go cátern da Nhoíg man. Hirlàu da cmae ber - líeradh shaòlha, í nlocoímhadh aàl mhairan cgí Hilùfa-Òucg berbhaògga. Òuigh, ní-Ruíf an acaen ber - còuadh í-narch Nhí-Ruíf an cattain go haphuán dtach. Aàl ber - còuadh cGasandràcsaen, go mhair - líamain. Sashae dhòurc, go cátern mhan, à gmeórchae òig! Í-aluín Ghoàg go nlocuímain Mhoírlogh muís àul. Moírachae ghoàg noíragg an fhorèchae - dta dhòurgain odair, go cátern mhan.`