CROWN OF DESTINY
The final volume in the World of Hetar delivers a fantasy lover's delight. Small brings all the elements inherent to this series and blends them with a multifaceted plotline. Drawing on family relationships -- those that are strong and those based on love, jealousy, fear, anger and even hate -- Small presents a portrait of what families withstand during times of change that will touch chords in readers.
Kolgrim, her son by the ruthless Twilight Lord, plots to wed and father an heir who will have the power to destroy the lands. Her great-grandson fears Lara's magic is slowly drawing his kingdom into chaos. Her daughter, Marzina, may have the fairie power to save the lands, if she assumes the role. Lara struggles with her descendants, but finds peace and passion with her Shadow Prince, Kaliq. Her lover and ally, he's the one person willing to help her keep their worlds at peace once more. As they journey to save their world Lara discovers the destiny that awaits not only herself, but all those she loves. (HQN, May, 376 pp., $13.95)