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THE DARK VOLUME
Genre: Fantasy, General Fantasy
A writing style that recalls at once gothic romance and science fiction is rare, but Dahlquist masters this style in his sequel to The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters. The characters in this aptly titled novel experience enough trauma to last a lifetime in a few short days, and readers will be intrigued, if not nauseated, by the gore of it all.
Miss Celeste Temple and her trio of compatriots have escaped from the explosion and sinking of the airship they were aboard. Believing the other passengers dead -- including the evil Contessa di Laquer- Sforza and the equally abominable Comte d'Orkanz -- is a fantasy too quickly dispelled.
Souls contained in blue glass books -- a process for converting human beings into controlled robots with seemingly psionic powers -- surprising deaths and sudden redemptions await! (BANTAM, Apr., 508 pp., $26.00)
Reviewed By: Victoria Frerichs
Published: April 2009