TALES FROM THE TREASURE TROVE, VOLUME VII
Those Jewels of the Quill are at it again with this well-paced and entertaining anthology. Although the four tales are grouped together under the banner of paranormal and fantasy, Toombs’ tale is heavier on history than on otherworldly events, and Masek’s is the strongest story overall.
Zaida brought luck to the kingdom on the day of her birth and is now protector and confidante to a young princess faced with choosing a husband. In Masek’s “Topaz and the Lucky Seven,” she’s faced with love, magic and treachery while keeping secrets to protect the king. In Toombs’ tale, Theodora turns her life around with hard work and fresh air, even as she wonders if “The Turquoise Gown” is truly magical.
Prince Rafel is locked away by a witch and forced to choose between two princesses for a wife. In Walters’ tale, one is a true princess, the other a witch; if Rafel chooses the wrong woman he’s forever doomed to live alone in “The Amber Tower.” In “Moonlight Becomes You,” Wiesner’s novella, Heather gives up her law practice to find her son’s father. Can she accept her part in Lance’s monstrous family before it is too late? (WHISKEY CREEK, Mar., 349 pp., $16.95)