"Fine but strange fantasy"
The city of Arcato is under some sort of mystical siege.
First magical gemstones began appearing with the potency
to cast spells. On top of that the ancient port city has
become a place teeming with gods and other mythological
creatures pretending to be humans only to vent havoc on
the locals while time is multiple with varying epochs
coexisting in an interactive spiral.
As chaos rules the city, human Lucinda de Francesco
detests males whether they are god, shapeshifter or mortal
as she wants no one to dictate to her how to live and yet
she still thirsts for true love. She is especially wary of
antiques dealer Sebastian Keane, who obsessively courts
her in spite of her acrimonious rejections of him. At the
same time; eleven years old Michael Fortunato has
apparently become a killer because someone seems to have
used the power of a gem to control the lad. Could that
have been a God, a rogue shaman like Alasdair or even the
sentient miniature dragon gemstone?
The weird city and its supernatural cast that includes the
thinking gems and most humans are well rounded and solid
so that the audience believes in what is going on inside
of Arcato. However, the heroine on the other hand
pontificates on her life slowing down an exhilarating plot
that moves on all cylinders when Lucinda is not musing
about the shortcomings. Fans of strange fantasy tales will
appreciate this fine story wondering whether the
preadolescent is a killer, a victim of a gem, or set up by
one of the Gods.
Reviewed by Harriet Klausner
Posted August 15, 2005
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 25, 2007