An intensely moving epic adventure by Holly Lisle, VINCALIS THE AGITATOR (4.5) takes place almost 1,000 years before her Secret Texts Trilogy. Wraith, a singular person untouchable by magic, escapes the Warrens to a life Above in the Dragon city. A young mage shelters Wraith, creating a false family connection that allows him all the privileges of the upper city. As Wraith uncovers the secrets of the Warrens, he creates an alter-ego that foments rebellion against the decadent government. Ms. Lisle has fashioned a diabolical magical system begging to be brought down. This story is enjoyable on its own, but will also definitely enhance understanding of the Secret Texts saga. (Mar., 400 pp., $13.95)

Reviewed by: 
Kelly Rae Cooper