VEIL OF SHADOWS

As soundly plotted as the first
two books in Armintrout's Lightworld/ Darkworld trilogy, this story focuses more closely on characterization and motivation than on action, though there's plenty of that. Cerridwen and Cedric's romance is handled nicely too.

NOTE: This is the third title in Armintrout's Lightworld/Darkworld Series.

After her parents, Ayla and Malachai, are killed during a fierce battle with the elves and waterhorses, the Faery Queene, Cerridwen, is forced to flee her underworld home and take refuge in the realm of the humans. Accompanied by her betrothed, Cedric, she makes her way to eire and the court of the pretender Queene, Danae.

Initially, Danae seems willing to cede her throne to Cerridwen, the rightful ruler of the Fae -- but she soon reveals her true face. Ambitious, cruel and capable of great treachery, she intends to rid herself of Cerridwen and the threat she poses, permanently. Though some of the Fae are loyal to Cerridwen, only her own untested skills as a leader and a warrior stand between her and certain death. (MIRA, Dec., 384 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed by: 
Catherine Witmer