"Enchanting epic fantasy"
Over a millennium ago, the great sorcerer Wyr gave himself
up to the river Wynnd to sleep and dream. While he slept,
two families, the Renne and the Wills family claimed the
throne of Ayr. After many centuries there is no more
kingdom or throne but the two feuding families and their
respective families remain bitter enemies, with war
periodically breaking out.
For dynastic reasons Elise Wills is being forced to marry
Prince Michael but rather than do it she jumps into the
river and drowns. A water spirit Sianon grants her life
again and the daughter of Wyr takes over part of Elise's
spirit. She knows her brother Haffydd, once known as
Caibre, the son of Wyr, realizes she has awakened and could
stop his plans for war if he doesn't find her now. Both
brother and sister, poised in a world on the brink of war,
search for the mysterious Alaan because he holds the key to
the kingdom's secrets.
Sean Russell has brought epic fantasy to new heights. His
characters are more goal-oriented than most fantasy
figures. They know what they want and will go to any
lengths to achieve it. Elise is the character readers
empathize with the most, as she is torn between what she
was and what she's become. Let's hope all the dangling
threads and unanswered questions are explained in the next
episode of this enchanting saga.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted July 10, 2002