"Powerful conclusion to a brilliant epic fantasy"
When the Aoi crash landed on their return to Earth after
centuries in the aether, the collision caused a cataclysm
that led to earthquakes, flooding and the sun to disappear
behind a cloud of dust. The people can't plant crops
because the frost lingers and food is in short supply. New
lands and alliances are formed and King Sanglant of Wendor
is trying to bring his people together to ride out the
after effects of the collision. When he consolidates his
reign, he wants to annex Varree as it once belonged to the
Sanglant knows that he will not have an easy rule since
many want what he has and the church refuses to recognize
his marriage to the excommunicated Liaeth, a fire daimon
who is not quite human but a woman he will not forsake.
Relatives in his family who rule in their own realm want to
conquer Sanglant's land and annex them into the Lady
Sabella's dominion. The Ashioi, who are finally reunited
with their exiled brethren, plan to invade the human lands
in revenge for what was done to them. Fighting battles
against their enemies, Liaeth must prove she is a worthy
consort for her one true love while Sanglant tries to hold
his country together.
In a land where the creatures of myth and legend are very
real, humans must learn to understand and if necessary
fight those who want nothing less than all humans' dead.
Political intrigue and battles abound in CROWN OF STARS but
the love that Sanglant feels for his wife is the shiniest
light in the heavens and gives him the strength to do what
he thinks is right. Liaeth is a woman of incredible
strength, power and beauty who battles deadly magical
creatures, befriends people who reject her and learns that
her strength and love for Sanglant makes her a formidable
foe to his enemies. Kate Elliot concludes her series with a
powerful and brilliant epic fantasy.
Reviewed by Harriet Klausner
Posted May 19, 2006
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 25, 2007