"Delightful and enthralling fantasy"
Once the magicals (sprites, dragons, fairies, etc.) lived
in Iversterre until the humans pushed them into the
Borderlands. When the humans encroached upon the Border
and committed crimes against its inhabitants, the magicals
soundly defeated them in a war. The peace treaty was
signed and the magicals receded into legend until a Faena,
a sentient mountain cat, makes contact with the horse
soldier Rabbit, lost with his troops in the mountains.
Rabbit enters into a covenant with the Faena.
The Faena Laurel desires a meeting with the Iversterre
King in the hopes of avoiding another war between the
Borderlands and the humans. Smugglers and slaves are
kidnapping or killing the magicals and smuggling their
remains into Iversterre. The Faena chose Rabbit to play a
role in the upcoming events because he has lived in the
Borderlands for much of his life and is related to the
king. Once it is discovered that all of Laurel's claims
are true, the king, when not putting down a coup or
dealing with evil sorcerers, comes to terms with the
Faena. They return to the Borderlands hoping to forge a
permanent peace, but first must deal with treachery from
within their own ranks.
In addition to all his other roles, Rabbit is a mage who
has just come into his powers and he uses them to stop the
king's enemies and to battle with a sorcerer who is
determined to see his mission fail. Readers will adore
this fascinating hero who just wants to be an ordinary
foot soldier but is thrust by fate into being the savior
of two realms. COVENANTS is a delightful and enthralling
fantasy written by an author who excels at world building.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted April 25, 2004