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This sequel to AutumnQuest (Flux, 2006) continues the story of Donavah, a young mage-in-training. She and her colleagues must run away when someone informs the Royal Guard about their secret training grounds, because maejic has been outlawed in Alloway. Unfortunately, the traitor is determined to end Donavah's life. He attacks her, leaving her for dead, unable to speak and stripped of her powers, but with the help of a handsome rescuer she is reunited with her mentor and their dragon friend. WinterMaejic is a little hard to follow for those who haven't read the first book, and it's also difficult to identify with the main character, since without the backstory readers are faced with a rather whiny girl. However, after the first few chapters, the pace picks up considerably, with new situations and dangers that anyone can understand. The characters are not fully fleshed out, though, and there are some confusing elements that interrupt the narrative. For example, undated diary entries from someone-presumably Donavah's teacher-confuse more than enlighten as some seem to be current, while others reference future dangers or past difficulties or characters whom readers of this title have not met. Still, for fans of the first book, this is a fun tale with plenty of danger, action, and adventure.
—Saleena L. DavidsonCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.