"Terrific Historical Fantasy"
Vidal Dhu abducted the Unseleighe Dark Court Elven twins
Rhoslyn and Pasgen Silverhair when they were young. The
siblings were raised as Unseleighe Sidhe. Now they see two
potential futures for England. One version has a red-headed
child sired by King Henry VIII leading Britain to
prosperity. The other forecast depicts a different
descendent of Henry VIII sitting on the throne and taking
the country down the path of Inquisition and depression.
At the same time without the kidnapped duo's awareness, the
Seleighe Bright Court twin elves Denoriel and Aleneil
Silverhair see the same double vision of future England.
The latter duo is also unaware that their half-siblings
shared their forecasting. Each pair of twins tries to
influence the outcome of the shared vision with different
goals in mind, which leads to the inevitable.
This is a terrific historical fantasy that uses real
persona and events to tell the tale of the successors to
Henry VIII with a delightful Elven twist. The two sets of
twins differ on whom they want sitting on the throne so
when the magical battle occurs, fans have the added treat
of a solid twist to the often told rivalry between Henry's
daughters. Fantasy guru Mercedes Lackey and historical
fiction champion Roberta Gellis combine their tremendous
individual talents to create a wonderful delight in which
the whole is greater than the sum of the parts even with
the parts being from two of the greats.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted March 7, 2004