For seven years Regan Cafferty thought her sister Kelsey
died until the Daradawn Mage Peter Canterville arrived at
her San Francisco apartment to inform her that her sibling
needed her help as she has the power of the BLUE FLAME.
Disbelieving until she crosses the rift into his world she
joins forces with her sister and falls in love with her
escort. (See the BLUE FLAME for the delightful details).
Her forces win a medieval style battle enhanced by magic on
both sides, but the deadliest of the enemy Dirrk the dark
mage escapes through a magical portal. Regan and Peter
marry just before Kelsey returns to earth.
Seven years later, Dirkk returns to Daradawn with plans to
destroy his enemies Regan and Peter, and take the crown
from Queen Tessa. This time Dirkk will not underestimate
his foes as he did in the last confrontation. His
diabolical plan uses an assortment of pawns like fairies
and dragons and innocent children to conquer his
opponents. With the seven-year rift opening, Kelsey has
returned only to find war everywhere with no one not even
those who share blood or love can be trusted as Dirkk's
evil has permeated everyone.
The first novel, THE BLUE FLAME, was a strong epic fantasy
that had the reader believe in Daradawn and the once in
seven-year bridge between worlds. This tale is an even
greater book as Barbara M. Hodges paints a vivid picture of
her magical realm, but Dirkk seems more genuine as a clever
but malevolent strategist. Fans of deep sword and sorcery
tales will appreciate this fast-paced story that connects
Earth with Daradawn.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted July 31, 2003