"One of the best sword and sorcery novels of the new millennium"
The people who rule the Sturrinese Islands are a
despotic lot, who shackle their women in chains and rip out
the tongues of female sorceresses. They always seek to
expand their empire and their present target is the land of
Liedfuhr where Anna, the Soprano Sorceress brought peace to
her corner of the land. Now that she is gone, her foster
daughter Secca, also a powerful sorceress, is trying to
keep the sea-priests from ruling her land.
Although she is not convinced that her powers are as
strong as her adopted mother, she has, through magic, sunk
an invasion fleet. Prior to that, she met and fell in love
with Alcaren and he with her. He uses his magical powers
to augment hers and to defeat their common enemy. Tired of
the never ending battles, Secca decides to bring the war to
the Sea pirates own lands but even if she is successful in
that endeavor she still must rid her land of the ruler
Sturrin and his many followers if peace is to return.
This fifth and last novel in the Spellsong Cycle is
by far one of the best sword and sorcery novels of the new
millennium. L.E. Modesitt, Jr. is a visionary who has
created a brand new world that seems so real and lifelike
readers will believe it actually exists. Although this is
a stand-alone work, lovers of fantasy will want to read the
previous four books in this fantastic series.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 1, 2002