At the latest Allfair, the kingdoms of Eyra and Istria put
their differences aside to trade manufactured goods made by
merchants from both nations. Virelai, who fled Sanctuary
and his master in the arctic regions of the north, takes
only the Rosa Eldi and the cat, both being more than they
seem. While at the Allfair, Ravyn Asharson, king of the
Northern Isles,takes the Rosa Eldi for his wife and they
travel to his estate in Eyra.
Also at the Allfair is Tycho Issian, the Lord of Cantara,
who takes one look at the Rose of the ward and wants her.
Before he can claim her, she disappears and the Lord forces
the sorcerer Virelai and his cat into bondage to him. Once
it is discovered that the Rosa Eldi is in Eyra, he whips
the Istrian lords into a frenzy, blaming them for the magic
that has been set loose in the world. As both sides
prepare for war, the Rosa Eldi begins to remember who and
what she is and when she realizes what was done to her the
entire world of Elda will never be the same.
There are various sub-plots in this epic fantasy that
seamlessly tie into the main story line but what direction
it will finally take will be found in the next tale
of "Fool's Gold." There are varying characters that all
play pivotal roles in the plot and the reader understands
the motivations and passions driving each one. It will be
hard to wait for the next installment in this well written
and exciting fantasy series that is so reminiscent of the
Sword of Shannara trilogy.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted June 1, 2003