Events are reaching a climax as Johnson delivers the penultimate chapter in her magical Sons of Destiny series. Watching these characters and this new monarchy develop has been pure fun, with practical kingdom-building considerations mixing cleverly with high-risk danger. Johnson's impressive talent is on full display.
Danau is something of a freak in her world; her power is so extreme that she can create frostbite by her touch. Ostracized socially but excellent at her job, she's the team leader, and her prickly demeanor initially drives Kor away, but destiny will not be denied. It may, however, be sabotaged, since evil has also arrived on the island. (BERKLEY SENSATION, Dec., 384 pp., $15.00)