"An exciting romantic sword and sorcery tale"
The Skald warrior, The Arrow That Flies the Farthest, knows
she is the last hope to save her people, but though she
would prefer hand to hand combat, she realizes she needs
something more mystical. She seeks the most powerful of
the Athraskani wizards, Thraxis to stop Balthazar and the
magic of his jewel.
However, Thraxis is no longer a practicing wizard because
Balthazar has cursed him with a death spell. Any time
Thraxis uses his power, he steps closer to death. Still
the Council informs him that Balthazar has misused his
power and turned renegade mage. They give Thraxis a "Lady
or the Tiger" choice of facing certain death using his
powers against Balthazar or sleeping with the Beautiful
Melilandra. He opts to accompany Arrow even if the amount
of power he needs to destroy the jewel and ultimately
Balthazar will kill him too. The quest leads to respect,
friendship, love, and death.
TYRANT MOON is an exciting romantic sword and sorcery tale
that hooks the readers from the very beginning when Arrow
recruits Thraxis. She is a courageous, intelligent fighter
while he is an incredible character breaking the mold of
Gandulf type wizards with his trepidation to even leave his
sanctuary. The use of flashbacks enables the audience to
understand what occurred to the heroes especially Arrow's
people, but becomes overused and disruptive to the prime
plot. Still Elaine Corvidae enchants sub-genre fans with a
potent spell that the S&S audience will thoroughly
appreciate and feel compelled to obtain her other novels.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted May 21, 2002