"for the Arthurian crowd"
Widow Adora is pulled in two directions as Arthur of
Camelot and Urien of Eufaen want her to align her cantrev
Cantru Pont Cymryd with them. Adora takes a daring approach
weighing the honor being a vassal to both men while her
daughter Elen crosses the bridge to help one of the fae l
give birth. A healthy baby is born and Elen heads home, but
finds Urien is the Lord and her mother dead.
Morgaine le Fay cuts out Elen's heart and puts it inside a
falcon so that whoever controls the bird has the woman also
under a gaes. Round Table knight Sir Geraint falls in love
with Elen while sensing her danger. He tries to rescue her
and grabs the falcon just before it takes them to the land
of fairy. Elen makes a deal with the Lord and Lady that she
will return to them the Spear of Monewydden once she
completes her vengeance on Urien. This means traveling to
Morgaine's ally the Little King Gwiffert, who has plans for
the female falcon with only Sir Geraint to keep Elen safe
or die in the attempt.
The land where Gwiffert rules is loaded with magic and
glamour making it difficult for the two outsiders to locate
him until they observe how he treats his subjects. This is
a microcosm of the bewitching tale that focuses on one of
King Arthur's knights and the woman he loves. Sara Zettel
has written an enchanting tale where magic is taken for
granted in a similar way to how we accept technology. The
Arthurian crowd will love this adventure and look forward
to a sequel.
Reviewed by Harriet Klausner
Posted April 29, 2005
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 18, 2007