"An adult fairy tales that appeal to the child in all of us"
When Marina Rosewood is born her parents, Alanna and Hugh,
throw a party. They invite many masters of Air, Fire,
Water, and Earth to gift the little baby who is going to
become a powerful Air Master when she grows up. Before the
last gift could be given, Hugh's disgraced sister Arachne
arrives and places a magical curse on the child. The last
guest mitigates the curse somewhat with her gift.
If the child lives to the age of eighteen, the curse will
be returned to its sender. To protect their daughter, John
and Alanna send their child away to the home of artists
they trust. When Marina is seventeen, her parents die and
her aunt takes custody of her. Marina intuitively hides her
magic from Arachne because she senses the woman has a
hidden agenda. Eventually, the two women face each other in
a magical showdown where the winner will barely survive.
This romantic fantasy takes place in the same universe as
THE FIRE ROSE and is every bit as magical as that wonderful
tale. Mercedes Lackey has the uncanny ability to write
adult fairy tales that appeal to the child in all of us.
The heroine of this work is a beguiling and bewitching
sweetheart who trusts her instincts to keep her from being
swayed by those around her. Ms. Lackey has crafted another
bestseller in THE GATES OF SLEEP.
Harriet Klausner © Copyright February 2002
mal Romance Reviews
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted July 9, 2001