Twelve-year-old Sarah Jane is sent by her missionary parents to the Harton School in London, away from the dangers of Africa. They know their daughter has powers beyond what they understand, and Isabelle Harton has a reputation for training children with non-elemental magic--clairvoyants, telepaths and mediums.

Sarah's talents soon prove to be those of a true medium, and her skills draw the attention of an elemental magician who wants her dead. Isabelle begins asking questions, determined to protect her young charge, and reluctantly finds herself seeking help from the leader of London's elemental masters, Lord David Alderscroft, the same man who once broke her heart. He alone has the power to protect Sarah Jane--if he is not equally threatened by her rare talent.

Loosely based on the Hans Christian Andersen story "The Snow Queen," Lackey's fourth Elemental Masters novel is a charming adult fairy tale and an entertaining read for fans of historical fantasy and romance. The Victorian setting provides an atmospheric background for this tale of magic, treachery and a frozen prince who must learn to feel again if he is to save himself and his world. (Oct., 400 pp., $25.95)
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Jen Talley Exum