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Robert Newcomb's The Fifth Sorceress -- boldly touted by its publisher as "The Epic Fantasy of the Year" -- may actually be just that. Strictly for adults, it is an impressive, extremely brutal and engrossing high-fantasy tome in which no character -- no matter how seemingly critical to the story line -- is invincible. It has all the ingredients of both a stand-alone blockbuster and the solid foundation for an important new fantasy series.
Days from inheriting his homeland's throne, Prince Tristan is wrought with inner turmoil. He hates the idea of ruling Eutracia; he'd much rather be free to do what he wishes, when he wishes, and not be confined to the rigorous schedule and responsibilities of a king. But when a horrific evil, thought forever banished from the world, suddenly returns to seek insidious revenge upon Eutracia, Tristan is thrust into action. To his horror, he is now his homeland's only hope for peace.
The sage wizard Wigg is Tristan's guide across uncharted, monster-populated land and, ultimately, against an army of ruthless, half-human/half-animal warriors and the four extremely depraved and powerful sorceresses who command them.
A treasure chest of complexity, excitement, and raw emotion, The Fifth Sorceress evokes a well-drawn medieval landscape where magic is not only a powerful ally but also a deadly foe if used unwisely. Villains you'll love to hate, heroes you'll cheer for and cry with, a magic that is complex and precarious, and a riveting conclusion that satisfies while paving the way for future installments -- all this make Newcomb's debut simply a joy to read. Andrew LeCount