In this charming and well-written sequel to Masques, Briggs picks up the story a year later. Aralorn remains complicated and intelligent and it’s delightful to see her in her childhood home with her family. Her relationship with Wolf grows in some significant ways as Wolf must come to terms with both his past and the future he will share with her. While there are a few clichéd plot twists, overall this is a great read.
A year after Geoffrey ae’Magi’s death, his effect on the world is still being felt. Aralorn has received word that her father, the Lyon of Lambshold, has died. So she travels to Reth to pay her respects, but discovers the strangest thing when she and Wolf arrive: he’s only a little bit dead. However, Aralorn and Wolf’s investigation into her father’s seeming-death uncover something even more disturbing: Geoffrey ae’Magi may not actually be dead and the spell holding her father in thrall is a trap intended to ensnare them both in the darkest of dark magics. (ACE, Nov., 304 pp., $7.99)