The eight-year-old Eidolon Emperor-elect Childeric learns
that his uncle plans to kill him at the Ascension Ceremony
when he turns sixteen. In desperation, he turns to the
demon Malvisage for help. The evil demon provides
Childeric with the mindmask that will allegedly keep him
safe. However, after being held in check for centuries,
Malvisage seizes the opportunity that the naive egocentric
Childeric has given him. He betrays the emperor via the
mask that turns Childeric into a murdering machine.
Following a Hollywood gala, Cady McCauley crashes her car.
When she awakens she finds herself in a strange castle.
Even weirder she recognizes some of the people she meets at
the castle as being characters in a series of fantasy
novels she wrote in the 1960s. Unbeknownst to her,
Malvisage has opened a gate between the two realms so he
can implement plans for both of them. For only she, tied
to the "imprisoned" Childeric in ways no one can understand
except perhaps the demon, may be able to set the born to be
This opening tale is a fabulous fantasy that showcases the
talent of Rosemary Edghill in creating a realistic
universe. The story line is exciting, fast-paced and
filled with twists not normally seen in this genre. The
cast seems genuine as they make the tale work to the point
that readers will want to start the next novel now.
Perhaps the only drawback to this geriatric is the small
size of the print, but fans will risk the eyestrain to read
a strong novel.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted June 24, 2003