For half-selkie Jane True, nothing is ever simple and frustratingly some answers only lead to more dangerous questions. Jane’s life has become a baptism by fire, which allows Peeler to keep the action brisk and the emotions sharp.

After the discovery of her mother’s murder and the Alfar coup, Jane and barghest Anyan return to Rockabill to regroup. An attack by hired mercenaries catches everyone off guard and Anyan is almost killed. In a rage, Jane unleashes a terrible new power but the cost is high for she nearly dies. It is only the intervention of the original Jane’s Blondie that saves her. When Jane awakens weeks later, she learns that something else is stirring to life — something so ancient and so dangerous it could wreak massive destruction. According to Blondie, Jane must engage in a quest to reach this ancient power before it is unleashed. (ORBIT, Aug., 352 pp., $7.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith