This sequel to Dark does not work
as a stand-alone book. There's no explanation of the basics of Lebbon's world, Noreela, and no backstory -- just an assumption that readers
already knows the background. Although the premise is interesting
and topical, the author's overuse
of the passive voice makes this book
a difficult read.
A small band consisting of a witch, a fledge miner and a young librarian must reach the city of Kang Kang in order to fulfill the prophecy that the mages will be destroyed by the magic of a child not born. As war makes its way to Kang Kang, the outcome of the final battle brings hope to magic-torn Noreela. (Bantam Spectra, Apr., 416 pp. $12.00)