"A haunting fantasy"
In the land of the Ennead, the triad consists of a binder,
an illuminator, and a wordsmith. They are the basis of
Society's good health. When the weather needs a little
change, or when somebody is sick, or a birth is hard the
triad eases the suffering and makes the person well again.
When death is near the triad takes away the suffering so
the soul can leave the body peacefully. Liath has trained
all her life to be an illuminator but after she earns her
badge, the light fails her.
She travels to the home of the Ennead, the most powerful
mages in the land, in the hopes that they can bring out her
light. They fail but tell her that a renegade mage working
in a triad can help her if he is brought back into the
fold. She seeks Torrin but when she finds him he is
not the evil man the Ennead has described. He tells her
things about her world that frightens her, but something
about him attracts her even though she should feel nothing
but revulsion for him. The time will come when Liath must
separate the truth from the lies but when that happens will
she have the courage of her convictions and act accordingly.
ILLUMINATION is a rich and complex stand alone epic fantasy
that mesmerizes the reader. The society that Terry McGarry
describes feels so real that audiences will believe Liath
has visited that world. The characters are so complex and
colorful that nobody could doubt that these people once
lived, loved and laughed. Thanks to the author's skill, we
have a variation of the Atlantis legend subtly adapted for
this fabulous fable.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted July 3, 2001