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Sarah Zettel, renowned for science fiction novels like Reclamation (which won the Locus Award for Best First Novel), Playing God, and The Quiet Invasion, tries her hand at fantasy with A Sorcerer's Treason.
The story begins when a lonely Wisconsin lighthouse keeper named Bridget Lederle rescues a strangely dressed man who has been shipwrecked on the shores of Lake Superior. The man, named Valin Kalami, claims to be a sorcerer from a magical realm called Isavalta and tells Bridget that she is destined to play a part in saving the parallel world and its people from destruction. After the enigmatic Valin tells her things about herself that no one else could possibly know, she agrees to accompany the sorcerer across the Land of Death and Spirit to Isavalta. Once there, she begins to learn much about the dangerous power struggle within the magic saturated realm -- and much more about herself.
Fans of Zettel's science fiction novels should be pleasantly surprised with her excursion into the fantasy genre, which draws heavily on Chinese, Indian, and Russian folklore. She continues the story of Bridget in The Usurper's Crown and will complete her Isavalta trilogy with The Firebird's Vengeance, scheduled for release in 2004. Paul Goat Allen