THE LORD-PROTECTOR'S DAUGHTER
Modesitt reveals again why success
follows his novels. The characters are flawless, his worldbuilding continues to enchant and there is always plenty of conflict and mystery. A shockingly climactic ending disappoints in its obvious plug for (another) sequel, but the novel still engages.
Mykella, the Lord-Protector's daughter, has uncovered a plot to steal from the treasury and assassinate her father and his heir. She also discovers her own talent and must find a way to use both that and her political savvy to save her father and their home. (TOR, Nov., 288 pp., $22.95)