Curse of the Mistwraith - Summary with Highlights - Prologue

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"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!

Prologue

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:

  1. "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
  2. "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
  3. 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
  4. 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."
  5. The conflict "did not begin on the soil of Athera itself", but "upon the wide oceans of the splinter world Dascen Elur".