"A very romantic epic fantasy"
For millennia the Magore ruled the world with humanity
serving as slaves to whatever whims the Goblins had. The
power rested in jewels that enabled the Goblins to rule
with an iron fist. Mankind, tired of its servitude finally
overthrew their oppressors. Almost every Magore was killed
and the few survivors fled in exile into the shadows.
Fifteen hundred years after the successful uprising, the
world consists of a hundred or so kingdoms, duchies, and
principalities while the Magore have become mythical
creatures that never existed. However, those who endured
the purge plan to regain what they lost by having a Goblin
princess marry a human king in order to recover the jewels
of power. Only a brave few including Captain Wilrovan
Krogan (he converses with ravens and his wife Lillian (a
sorcerer-physician), stand in the way of success.
The world of this epic fantasy is Renaissance Europe
complete with intrigue, political in-fighting, and
scholarly learning. The characters are three dimensional
and believable within a colorful complex story line. The
numerous subplots cleverly tie back to the main theme yet
leave some threads so readers can expect a sequel from
Teresa Edgerton, a future force within the fantasy genre.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted July 7, 2001