The third installment of the compelling Troy Game series places the reborn players Brutus, Cornelia and Genvissa into the political morass of Restoration England.

The Game vows to win this time and tries to manipulate the players with plague and politics, but the nefarious Asterion constructs an even more complicated scheme to win back the kingship bands, conquer the Game and possess Cornelia, now commoner Noah Banks. Ariadne, the darkwitch, has also returned from the dead, and her malevolence threatens to destroy any chance the players have to finally defeat the Game and earn their long-awaited rest.

This is a complex and involving tale that requires knowledge of the previous volumes in the series. Douglass' careful research into Britain's turbulent 17th century creates a realistic, atmospheric setting for this otherworldly adventure, which fans of historical fantasy and romance will devour. (May, 608 pp., $27.95)
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Jen Talley Exum