Glenraven (Glenraven Series #1)by Marion Zimmer Bradley, Holly Lisle
Sophie had lost a child. She was looking for peace and rest. She didn't know what it was, but Glenraven promised her that. JayJay had bad luck with husbands - a three-time loser now, all she wanted was to be a million miles away from her small North Carolina town. Glenraven. It seemed to be an Alpine principality somewhere in the neighborhood of northern Italy -… See more details below
Sophie had lost a child. She was looking for peace and rest. She didn't know what it was, but Glenraven promised her that. JayJay had bad luck with husbands - a three-time loser now, all she wanted was to be a million miles away from her small North Carolina town. Glenraven. It seemed to be an Alpine principality somewhere in the neighborhood of northern Italy - according to the unique guidebook advertising its charms, and indeed obscure, almost non-traversable Alpine passages constituted the only way in. But in reality Glenraven was a magic kingdom detached from our world - a magic kingdom in trouble. All the people of Glenraven wanted was a couple of heroes from the outside to free them from a millennium of rule under a dictator compared to whom Vlad the Impaler was Santa Claus. What the people of Glenraven got were JayJay and Sophie.
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...What they got were Sophie, a woman who stopped living when her daughter died, and Jayjay, a woman who just left her third husband. The Machnan had poured all of their magic into creating an artifact that would call to someone who would be able to free them from Aidris Akalan, the evil Watchmistress who ate the magic of other people to stay eternally youthful and immortal. The artifact took the unlikely guise of a guidebook in a bookstore. When Jayjay picked it up, she thought it would be the perfect place to get away/hide until she could face the fact that she would be getting divorced for the third time by the time she was thirty-five years old. Sophie unexpectedly found herself wanting to go along too. But when they arrive at Glenraven, nothing is at it seems. Can they trust their tour guide or is he setting a trap so he can rob them? In trying to evade their "pursuers" they walk right into their enemies and stumble across a hidden revolution among the Alfkindir, the long-lived race that Aidris Akalan comes from. Matthiall is the leader of the revolution, but he is betrayed by one of the warrags, a wolf/dog hybrid that is unlike anything Jayjay and Sophie have seen before. As they flee Aidris' palace with Matthiall, they run into the other monsters, including the Watchers, the demons that Aidris Akalan has called forth out of the Rift to keep her immortal. When the ancient race of the Aregen get involved, things become even more complicated... This is not really deep fantasy, but it is a very good light fantasy. The characters are well-drawn and the reader can empathize with them as they struggle to accomplish something that they didn't even know that they were supposed to accomplish. None of the creatures/people in the book are what they seem and this makes for some interesting plot twists as unexpected events are always happening. The idea of a Glenraven was quite fun as it is portrayed as another small European country that has gone overlooked for hundreds of years. Everything is still in a medieval setting and they are very insulated. This is just a fun, quick read that has a nice, happy ending. A great break from some of the heavier fantasy that is out there right now.