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Library JournalSet during the reign of Mary Tudor, the first book in the “Magick Trilogy” is a fascinating historical glimpse into these troubled times. The book opens with a stupendous chase scene evoking the ride of the Nazg?l in The Lord of the Rings. Rhiannon, half-faerie, half-human daughter of King Arthur, is on a mission to prevent the catastrophic Convergence, the mixing of the faerie lands with the human lands. She is saved from death by fallen angel in disguise Beltran Nemesto. As a papal Blade of God, his goal is to root out heresy. Inconveniently, he falls in love with Rhiannon and cannot consign her to torture and death. They work together to save the world and each other—she via her magick and he with his awesome powers as the archangel Uriel.
Verdict Simmering sex on the island of Avalon is icing on the cake of this well-crafted plot, with highly imaginative descriptions of genitalia: Nicholson Baker’s House of Holes meets Marion Zimmer Bradley’s The Mists of Avalon meets Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall.—Henry Bankhead, Los Gatos Lib., CA
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