The Silver Rose is the extraordinary conclusion to Carroll's spellbinding series featuring the Cheney sisters and their battle against the Dark Queen, Catherine de Medici.

Accused of witchcraft and hunted down by Catherine's men, the sisters have been scattered to the four winds. Miri, the youngest, has returned to Faire Isle, living quietly and using her gifts to commune with animals and nature. She has never forgotten her brief infatuation with the witch hunter's protege, Simon Aristide.

But a new threat emerges against the Cheneys: a threat even Catherine is powerless against, the Society of the Silver Rose. The coven practices the black arts, luring young women into their fold. It is rumored they have the powerful Book of Shadows.

Simon needs Miri's help to find the book and stop the coven. Though she cannot trust Simon, Miri agrees to help. They struggle against their desire for one another, though inevitably their childhood friendship blossoms into adult passion as danger and witchcraft threaten them.

Brilliantly weaving in threads from the other tales in the series, Carroll spins a tapestry of magical proportions that draws the reader straight into the remarkable romance. Caught in the ultimate battle between good and evil, Simon and Miri will risk their lives to find a love that conquers all. SENSUAL (Mar., 400 pp., $13.95)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin