In the fifth and final novel of his Spellsong Cycle, L.E. Modesitt, Jr. concludes
his epic fantasy with shadow sorceress Secca battling the Sturrinese Maitre
across land and sea. Secca becomes a fulcrum for freedom that attracts new allies
and forces her to a position of power.

She weds Alcaren and together they wield terrible spells to stop the invading
Sea-Priests and Sturrinese armies. Before her death, Secca's mentor Anna had
written spells using scientific knowledge from Earth; these spells were
bequeathed to Secca with explicit notes of their deadly results. With the Maitre
obliterating the countryside on his way towards DeFalk, Secca and her sorcerous
team finally use Anna's spells until all Erde knows the strength of the

Mr. Modesitt's characters and settings
are so well developed they become enshrined in our imaginations. It will be hard
to say farewell to this magical land where music and song are the medium
of spells. (Feb., 672 pp., $27.95)

Reviewed by: 
Kelly Rae Cooper