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Ferai, you are along to make us
believe that we indeed have free will.
And perhaps, Burel, you are along to make
believe we do not.
The Rede of Prophecy . . .
The Cat Who Fell from Grace;
One-Eye in Dark Water;
Mad Monarch's Rutting Peacock;
The Ferret in the High King's Cage;
Cursed Keeper of Faith in the Maze:
Take these with thee,
Else thou wilt fail
to find the Jaded Soul.
Arin's quest is two-fold. Find the
Jaded Soul lest all of Mithgar be plunged into a chaotic war with Dragonkind, and try to
figure out exactly what or who it is she is to bring with her on the quest. Not an
easy task when the entire fate of Mithgar hangs over your head.
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- McKiernan returns to his world of Mithgar about three
centuries before The Voyage of the Fox Rider (1993). The story is a fairly standard quest
for a talisman, the Dragonstone, which the Lady Arin seeks in order to forestall a
nightmarish invasion of Mithgar by hordes of dragons she has seen in visions. McKiernan is
either learning more history and folklore as he goes or drawing more skillfully on his
existing knowledge, because the level of world building rises in each Mithgar novel. The
land and its history now have a very lived-in quality. Furthermore, the pacing is brisk
and the prose serviceable, although the cast of characters is large enough to give
McKiernan problems in developing some of them and the reader problems in keeping track of
them. Still, this will hardly repel any of the readers who have become absorbed in
Mithgar. Roland Green
-- Copyright © 1996, American Library Association. All rights reserved
- Like his previous 11 fantasy novels (Caverns of Socrates,
etc.), McKiernan's 12th takes readers to the world of Mithgar with a tale of a grand
quest. A vision of bloody world war forces the novel's heroines, Arin, an elf of the
mysterious deep woods of Dylvana, and Aiko, a female warrior, to take up an arduous
mission to find the missing Dragonstone, a magical gem of immense power, before it can
fall into evil hands. Their first stop is a disreputable tavern, where they seek a
one-eyed man to fulfill the requirements of a riddle given to Arin in a vision. Since they
find two one-eyed candidates, the local drunk and a recently wounded warrior, Arin and
Aiko take both along on a roundabout journey full of danger, dragons and other morsels
from the standard fantasy menu. Although there is enough detail here to satisfy readers
who revel in baroquely textured fantasy worlds, McKiernan seems more interested in pairing
off his characters romantically than in the quest itself. This tale of early Mithgar does
not stand up to the author's other popular books, but it will keep most hardcore fans of
large-scale fantasy entertained nonetheless.
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