"rich and deeply textured high fantasy"
In Naskeag Falls, Maine, Maureen Pierce is thought of as
the mad one who talks to trees and receives responses from
the woody dwellers. She attended a four-year college but
works at a menial job while her sister went to a technical
school and makes a good living with benefits. Maureen is
afraid of men so when one follows her home one night, she
is grateful for the intervention of Brian Albion.
Maureen doesn't know that Brian is a Pendragon, a being
whose job it is to keep apart the world of the Old Ones
separate from that of the humans. Brian realizes that
Maureen is an Old One and that the being who tried to
abduct her was trying to take her back to The Summer
Country where he can take her for a mate. Maureen doesn't
believe him so that when another old one uses glamour to
seduce her into coming to THE SUMMER COUNTRY, she eagerly
goes. her sister follows her there along with Brian and
Jo's boyfriend. That is when the battle between good and
evil really begins.
This stand alone novel is a rich and deeply textured high
fantasy novel that will appeal to readers who want to visit
a land that never was but should have been. Maureen is an
interesting protagonist who doesn't fit in the human world
but is right at home in THE SUMMER COUNTRY. It's hard to
believe this is James A. Hetley's first novel because it is
so well constructed, colorful and imaginative that it
seemingly defies the laws of writing as only a seasoned vet
could have written this.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted September 3, 2002