HELL AND EARTH
The second half of Bear's Stratford
Man duology (after Ink and Steel) is
a tightly plotted and fast-paced book,
a nonstop cascade of events. Bear's protagonists continue to be deeply compelling, and their relationship is
one of equals, despite Kit's strange faerie powers and Will's increasingly mortal frailty.
Dark magic stirs throughout the realm as Will and Kit desperately search for allies -- mortal and faerie alike -- in their quest to save England from those who would use her and her faerie allies to suit their own needs and not those of the realm. (Roc, Aug., 432 pp., $14.00)