One year after the murder of her grandmother, textile weaver Serena Charters is thrust into the path of danger. Serena has inherited a number of pages that seem to be from an ancient, legendary text called the "Book of the Learned." A cryptic note from her grandmother tells her she may have to make sacrifices to protect the sacred book.

Serena tries to authenticate the pages, contacting Erik North of Rarities Unlimited. Erik is both exhilarated and concerned when he sees Serena's pages. He knows they are genuine and that this rare find will bring out some dangerous scavengers.

The powerful storytelling that is a hallmark of Elizabeth Lowell's work makes each of her books a riveting journey. Ms. Lowell is an awesome storyteller. (May, 384 pp., $7.99) Hardcover published July 2001.

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith