A TAPESTRY OF SPELLS
Kurland returns to the world of the Nine Kingdoms to launch a new magical series whose time line runs parallel with her previous trilogy. The evil wrought by Gair of Ceangail continues to haunt his remaining children as Kurland puts the spotlight on youngest son Ruithneadh. Once again she uses her gift for place and character to weave an adventurous tale that will have readers breathlessly awaiting the next chapter. Good stuff indeed!
Following the deadly events that killed his family at the magical well, Ruithneadh of Ceangail has remained isolated and hidden, suppressing his magic. But the arrival of the determined Sarah of Doire changes all that. Sarah, a witch's daughter, has no magic of her own. When her brother Daniel embraces the dark arts and threatens to destroy the world, she needs help to stop him. Ruith realizes that Daniel is using pieces of his father's dangerous magic and joins the quest without revealing his true identity. As Sarah and Ruith track Daniel's trail of destruction, they don't realize that others with power and their own plans are tracking them. (BERKLEY SENSATION, Jan., 358 pp., $15.00)