"Beautiful fantasy novel"
It is the witches across the land that anchors the roads
that lead to Tir Alainn, the home of the fae. The
Inquisitors say the witches are evil so they drive them out
of their homes or kill them. Every time that happens a
piece of Tir Alainn disappears. The fae, for the most
part, are arrogant creatures and don't want to believe that
anything in the human world can affect them.
The Inquisitors also believe that women are second class
citizens who should be under the domination of their
fathers or husbands and it is believed their rights should
be taken away from them. They have made headway in the East
and are trying to extend their influence in the west.
Aiden the Bard and his mate Lyrra the Muse understand the
threat to humans and fae but nobody will listen to them.
They must find The Hunter, the one member of the fae that
every other fae will heed and convince him to help save the
witches or Tir Alainn will be no more.
Anne Bishop has created a vivid fantasy world and populated
it with creatures from legends and myth. The story line is
deep and complex, with many sub-plots tying back into the
main theme. SHADOWS AND LIGHT is a beautiful fantasy novel
that will keep readers turning the pages until they reach
the end of the tale. It is to be hoped that the final
installment in this great series will be out soon.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted September 10, 2002
National bestselling author Anne Bishop's novels have been hailed as "genuine gems" (SF Site) and "lavishly sensual" (Library Journal). In her highly anticipated second book in the Tir Alainn Trilogy, she weaves a dazzling tale of romance, high adventure, and thrilling fantasy.
Ever since the slaughter of the witches, the Fae--who should be shielding their long-lost cousins from danger--have ignored the needs of the rest of the world. And shadows are again gathering in the eastern villages--dark, potent shadows that threaten the lives of every witch, woman, and Fae. Only three Fae can stand against the growing madness and help prevent more bloodshed--the Bard, the Muse, and the Gatherer of Souls.
Aiden, the Bard, knows how desperately the world depends upon the Fae's protection. But the Fae refuse to heed his warnings about the wickedness lurking amid the trees. Now Aiden and his one true love--Lyrra, the Muse--must embark on a perilous journey to find the one Fae who can convince the rest to leave their secure perches to save the witches and mortals. Because if the Fae don't act soon, no one will survive....