"Strong romantic fantasy"
Three benevolent beings, the Woman, the Man and the Beast
watched over the world of Elda making it a land of harmony,
peace, and love. This idyllic world dissolved into chaos
when Rahe, the most powerful sorcerer that ever lived
kidnapped the Beast and the Woman, and buried the Man in a
place to die. The Woman, the Rosa Eldi was stripped of her
memories and her magic and taken to Rahe's hidden ice
fortress where he siphoned off her powers and that of the
Beast, making Rahe more powerful and dangerous.
When Rahe's apprentice stole the Rose of the World and the
Beast, magic returned to the world. At a trade fair, the
King of the North, Ravn and the Lord of them South Tycho
Issianm saw the Rose of the World and wanted her. Ravn won
but Tycho Issian swore he would get her for himself. He
coaxed the population into making war on the north. While
this political intrigue takes place, the Rose of the World
remembers who she is and is horrified that the world is a
hateful place of petty wars and enmity between the north
and the south. It is something she won't stand for as the
Woman plans to find the Man and the Beast so they can
return Elda to what it once was.
The third book in the Fool's Gold fantasy series ties up
all the loose ends, answering all questions satisfactorily
while rewarding readers with a fantastic climax. THE ROSE
OF THE WORLD is more epic in scope, so the various sub-
plots tie seamless back to the main storyline as readers
understand why each sub-plot was necessary to make this
romantic fantasy a complex and fulfilling work.
Reviewed by Harriet Klausner
Posted January 30, 2005
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 24, 2007