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The '''Ea Cycle''' is a fantasy tetralogy by David Zindell narrated in first person by Valashu Elahad, a prince of Mesh. In the beginning, Val goes on a [[WalkingTheEarth continent-spanning quest]] for the Lightstone, a holy artifact [[CosmicKeystone that the fate of the universe hangs on]]. But Val and his stereotypically diverse group of friends also need to keep the Lightstone safe from Morjin, the BigBad leader of TheEmpire, until the Lightstone can be claimed by its rightful wielder, [[TheChosenOne the Maitreya]].

Expect a lot of talk about chakras and meditation and ascending to a higher state of existence. Zindell is obviously heavily into New Age and [[AuthorTract it shows]].

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!! This book series provides examples of:

* ActionGirl (Atara)
* AndYourLittleDogToo
* ArchEnemy (Valashu and Morjin to each other)
* AuthorTract
* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning
* BackFromTheDead
* BigBad
* BlackMagic
* BlindSeer
* BlindWeaponmaster
* TheChosenOne
* ColourCodedForYourConvenience
* CosmicKeystone
* CrystalSpiresAndTogas
* TheDarkSide
* DisneyDeath
* EarthAllAlong
* EitherOrProphecy
* TheEmpath
* TheEmpire (Morjin's)
* EnergyAbsorption
* EvilCounterpart (Morjin to Valashu)
* EvilOverlord (Morjin)
* EvolutionaryLevels (human -> Valari (better human) -> Elijin (angel) -> Galadin (arch-angel) -> Ieldra)
* {{Expy}} (Kane ~ Kane from Karl Edward Wagner, Astors ~ [[LordOfTheRings mallorns]]...)
* TheGodsMustBeLazy
* GreenRocks (gelstei crystals)
* HeroicSacrifice (used straight and subverted)
* IdiotBall
* TheKingdom
* LostColony
* LostTechnology
* MessianicArchetype
* MineralMacGuffin
* NotQuiteDead
* NotSoDifferent
* OnlyOne (subverted)
* ReligionOfEvil (borderline case that claims to be [[PathOfInspiration good]] but is very bad at hiding its evil)
* PeoplePuppets (ghuls)
* PlotCoupon
* PowerCrystal
* ThePowerOfLove
* ProphecyTwist
* PsychicPowers
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld
* ScrewDestiny
* SealedEvilInACan (Angra Mainyu)
* TakeOverTheWorld
* WaifProphet
* WalkingTheEarth
* WeCanRuleTogether (Morjin tries this)
* WhiteMagic
* YouKilledMyFather
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