Literature / Ea Cycle

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 continent-spanning quest for the Lightstone, a holy artifact 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 Big Bad leader of The Empire, until the Lightstone can be claimed by its rightful wielder, 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 it shows.

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This book series provides examples of:

  • Blind Seer: Atara uses her white gelstei to become one after Morjin gouges out her eyes.
  • Blind Weaponmaster: Morjin blinds Atara, but she's no less deadly with her bow after that.
  • Non-Action Guy: Master Juwain and Liljana are definitely not action people. Their skills at healing, knowledge, support, and long-distance communication are vital to the success of the quest.
  • Norse Mythology: Ymiru, Burri, and Audhumla of the Ymaniri, as well as Morjin's dragon Angurboda, take their names almost directly from Norse myth.
  • Verbal Tic: Kane is very fond of the word "So!" When a word starts with "h", Ymiru replaces it with "hr".