The Oldwives of Ve are losing their magic. The farmers are plagued by droughts. The hiding spells that protect Ve's shores are weakening. Some dreadful, powerful force is clearly at work against the peaceful nation and its inhabitants—but what? And who can save them all? Can Marwen with her potent wizard spells and the Oldwives with their much-drained magic have any success against this unknown foe? Salvation seems remote, especially now that Marwen's own magic is being depleted. Their only hope lies with the Taker's Key, a potent talisman the women know only through their ancient songs. Martine Bates' third work in the Marmawell Trilogy is a thrilling tale of adventure and triumph. Even those not familiar with the first two works will be spellbound by this story. 1998, Red Deer College Press, $8.95. Ages 12 to 16. Reviewer: Heidi Green
- Christopher Moning
In this, the third book in "The Marmawell Trilogy," the wizard Marwen searches for the mythical Key, of which countless legends are told. Though Marwen has defeated and imprisoned the dragon, Perdenog, somehow the beast has managed to siphon much of the Oldwives' magic. If he is left unchecked, the world of Ve is doomed. Marwen and her friends set out in search of The Key, with which Marwen hopes to restore beauty and magic to her world. But she must travel to the deathlands, from which no one has ever returned alive. The stories the Oldwives share with one another are ethereal and compelling. Packed with action, humor, and beautiful descriptions, fans of fantasy literature will gobble this one up.
Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.18 (h) x 0.49 (d)
Meet the Author
Bates is the mother of six children.
Martine Leavittis an award-winning writer of critically acclaimed young adult fiction. Besides winning the prestigious Mr. Christie_s Award and Benjamin Franklin Award, Martine_s six previous titles have received numerous award nominations including the Governor General_s Literary Award. Martine also holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Vermont College and lives in High River, Alberta.