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In The House of Gaian, the third and concluding volume of Anne Bishop's Tir Alainn trilogy (Pillars of the World and Shadows and Light), Adolfo the Master Inquisitor and his legions of masochistic Black Coats seek to complete their mission to exterminate every witch in Sylvalan, destroy the magic in the Old Places, and repress all women of power.
With the eastern barons under his control and a growing army of black-cloaked torturers, Adolfo is headed toward the Mother's Hills -- the wellspring of magic in Sylvalan, as well as home to the reclusive witches of the House of Gaian. As the battle to end all battles looms closer, normal humans and witches are forced to join ranks with the Fae -- the beautiful, powerful, and arrogant race that inhabits the magical realm of Tir Alainn. But the witches are faced with a crisis: If they are to fight the Black Coats, they'll have to break their sacred creed of "Do No Harm." And to make matters worse, the Master Inquisitor has a host of nasty surprises in store, including a new way to create a limitless army of nighthunters, virtually unstoppable soul-eating creatures of darkness.
Reminiscent of Marion Zimmer Bradley's classic The Mists of Avalon, Bishop's Tir Alainn trilogy is built around dozens of strong female characters who must do everything in their power to save their families and culture. Filled with magic, intrigue, romance, and more than a few plot-twisting revelations, this novel is a fitting conclusion to a great trilogy. Paul Goat Allen