"Fantasy that makes one believe"
In 1899 Bridget Lederle tends the Sand Island,
Wisconsin lighthouse when she rescues Kalami from Lake
Superior. Kalami claims to be a sorcerer from Isavalta,
home of Bridget's sire and a place that the lighthouse
keeper has envisioned in her dreams. The foreigner also
informs his host that his liege the Dowager Empress Medeoan
Nacheradavosh sent him to bring her back to their kingdom.
He eventually convinces the lonely Bridget to accompany him
to his realm where he serves as the royal sorcerer.
However, the Empress has bucked tradition by refusing
to give the throne over to the true emperor, her ailing son
and his new bride. Meanwhile Bridget learns about her
mystical heritage as she starts using her magical abilities
in a court filled with political and sorcery intrigues that
threaten to engulf the lass. She must learn to follow her
instincts in order to decide what is best for her new
country, but depend on no one, as a heavy dose of paranoia
Though the names are difficult to read let alone
pronounce unless you happen to be Russian, SORCERER'S
TREASON is an exciting epic fantasy that young readers (and
some of us geriatric boomers) will enjoy. Bridget is a
wonderful heroine as she runs the gamut of emotions while
threats abound everywhere she goes from dastardly villains
who want her dead or be gone, but never cross a sexual line
(hence targeted for the youth). Fans of action-packed
fantasy starring a strong, courageous female will relish
Sarah Zettel's first Isavalta tale.
Harriet Klausner - Copyright © 2002
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted March 16, 2002