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by Kate Elliott

Genre: Fantasy, General Fantasy

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The first in a new series, this solidly written novel starts off with a bang, but gets mired in the exhaustively detailed world-building, an Elliott hallmark. With frequent shifts in perspective, it's hard to become absorbed in the tale, particularly in the first half when it's unclear how the various threads will be woven together.

Reeve Joss discovers,
to his dismay, that the Guardians
who are supposed to be protecting
his homeland from dark forces are inexplicably dead. This kicks off
a cascade of events, mostly unfortunate, that culminates in a battle that will have repercussions for years
to come.

Joss, Mai and Anji are fascinating characters who display an inner strength and integrity that is sorely needed in their world if they're to
succeed in saving it -- and themselves. (Tor, Oct., 448 pp., $25.95)

Reviewed By: Natalie A. Luhrs

Publisher: Tor

Published: October 2006

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