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Blending the timeless enchantment of a Patricia A. McKillip fantasy and the epic narrative splendor of a Tad Williams work, Canadian author Violette Malan's debut novel is nothing short of superb. The Mirror Prince is -- like the Newford saga by fellow Canuck Charles de Lint -- a kind of urban fantasy, taking place simultaneously in the Shadowlands of Earth and the magical realm of Faerie.
Max Ravenhill is a professor of military history living in Toronto. His biggest goal in the very near future is to somehow get closer with Cassandra Kennaby, the sexy little blonde-haired owner of a martial arts dojo with whom he is infatuated. His dreams come true -- but not quite the way he planned -- when Cassandra informs Max that he is, in fact, an exiled Faerie Prince in mortal danger and that she has been assigned to protect him at all costs. Once on the run from the nightmarish hounds of the Hunt, Cassandra (really a Fairie named Sword of Truth) tries to get Max to believe the cold hard facts: that he is the Prince Guardian and Keeper of the Talismans, and without his help, the entire realm of Faerie is in jeopardy…
Although the pacing of The Mirror Prince suffers somewhat in the beginning chapters (as complex characters and intricate plotlines must be properly constructed and put in place), the book's surprising -- and utterly satisfying -- conclusion is well worth the build-up. Fantasy fans should brace themselves: The world is about to discover Violette Malan. Paul Goat Allen