Fan-favorite Mercedes Lackey returns with BURNING BRIGHTLY, a new hardcover novel of Valdemar. During the reign of Theran, the Sun-worshippers of Karse, once again threaten the security of Valdemar. As the king and the Heralds prepare for the struggle to come, they little realize that responsibility for the very survival of Valdemar will fall upon slight shoulders. These shoulders belong to an abused youth who manifests an amazing, not to mention terrifying, affinity for fire. Ms. Lackey develops her troubled protagonist with great skill and sensitivity and then turns all our emotions on high for a Pyhrric victory no reader will ever forget.

Reviewed by: 
Melinda Helfer