"mega action-packed fantasy"
The perfume war fought between the mages of Verdiana and
those of the Kingdom of Vesuvia devastated the lands
leaving behind a desert. Out of this fiasco, the Fedeli
force everyone to practice their religion while the Circle
of Mages hones their skills for the next battle.
The Fideli assault the conservatory where Eliana practiced
the violin. She flees to the wasteland, where she
eventually leads a counter revolt as the head of the newly
formed Lupi. A battle against the mages leaves many of her
supporters dead. Eliana joins the outlawed Redentori and
is a major reason they defeat the Mages in another
skirmish. Cutting off enemy supply lines, Eliana and her
side cause the Fedeli and Circle mages to prepare for an
upcoming fight. Though a great military tactician, Eliana
can win only if she is not betrayed by her allies.
TURNING THE STORM is a mega action-packed fantasy tale that
never slows down until the final battle is done. Eliana is
a great warrior-leader, a sort of Joan of Arc, who rallies
her forces through intelligent strategy and by front line
example. The prime motif of the tale is oppression as
shown by the repression of any religion except that
practiced by the Fideli and the abuse of power by the Mage
and the other leaders. Still with all that action, a
strong lead heroine, and a deep message, the villains are
real complex protagonists supported by strong beliefs.
With this book and FIRES OF THE FAITHFUL, Naomi Kritzer
shows how thought provoking yet entertaining the genre can
be when a talented magician casts a writing spell on the
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted December 7, 2002