The latest Phoenix Chronicles is a
dark story with a dark heroine and
scenarios we just don't want to imagine. Handeland amplifies the pace and the circumstances so that readers can't help but turn the page. Yet there's almost too much going on, too many internal conflicts and one too many lovers that the novel runs the risk
of being in excess.

Elizabeth Phoenix is once again charged with saving the world. The gates to hell have been opened and Armageddon seems imminent. Her mother holds the key to everything, and Liz needs all the help she can get.

Torn between two lovers, and the two sides of her soul, Liz will have to decide who lives, who dies and which side she's on. Only when she makes these decisions can she win the battles inside her and out. (ST. MARTIN'S, Nov., 352 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
Annette Elton