"A delighful romantic fantasy anthology"
Patricia McKillip. Artist Harry Waterman feels like a
failure because he lacks a muse to motivate him. That
changes when Medusa calls him from a painting he drew.
She plans to inspire him by pointing to a model Jo who
Lynn Kurland. Using a cloaking spell, part Elfin Maher
flees from her father because she refuses to wed her
sire's choice of a spouse for her. Her father Robert
wants to forge an alliance with Hagarth through his
daughter. She refuses and seeks the help of King Harold
to learn how to use a book of spells she possesses.
However, her father insists she is a valuable asset to
further his ambitions.
Sharon Shinn. In Samaria, Jesse the fallen angel desires
the young Manadavvi woman who returns his love. However,
her mother insists her family is too important to have her
marry a loser insisting the daughter will wed into a
wealthy family or the next Archangel.
Claire Delacroix. An elderly woman overhears two gossips
discuss Melusine, a demon who chose to live in the mortal
world to cast her evil influence on Raymond who she
married and had ten children with him. The old woman
informs the two women that Melusine came to this world out
of love for Raymond. Is she a malevolent devil or a
female in love?
All four well-written romantic fantasies contain solid
lead characters though in a couple of the tales the
antagonist pales in comparison. Sub-genre fans will
appreciate the quartet as all fun to read.
Posted June 13, 2004
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted November 3, 2006