Traitor's Knot

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Traitor's Knot is the seventh volume in the Wars of Light and Shadow, and part 4 of 5 in the third story arc, Alliance of Light.

The following editions have been published. Please note that not all of them are still in print.

British US
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The half-brothers Lysaer and Arithon freed the world of Athera from the suffocating embrace of the deadly Mistwraith, and it cursed them to lifelong enmity. Now Arithon, Master of Shadow, has defeated Lysaer's Alliance of Light against immense odds. But the corrupted core of the Alliance's priesthood is plotting to enslave Lysaer and use the Mistwraith's curse to break the world's order. Meanwhile, the sorcerers of the Fellowship compact are sorely beset and the clans are counting their ruinous losses. Arithon, who holds their last hope of survival, chooses the most dangerous course: heart and mind he dedicates himself to avoiding killing, though allies and enemies muster for war, blind to the consequences.[1]


  • Traitor's Knot and Stormed Fortress were originally conceived as a single binding, but the author felt that too much would be compressed and lost.[2]


  1. © Janny Wurts, Traitor's Knot, Back Cover (US-Paperback)
  2. Forum Post, December 20, 2004