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The Dark-Haired Man is the first volume in an amazing new historical fantasy series by Robert Reginald. Plot-driven, well-researched and filled with believable and sympathetic characters, this 600-page book cannot be put down. It features the best in thought-provoking mystery and suspense leavened with humor and poignancy. I cannot recommend this book and others in the series too highly. Look also for The Exiled Prince (published in June 2004) and the upcoming Quaestiones (due in September).
In The Dark-Haired Man, or A Hieromonk¿s Tale Rob Reginald has created an intriguing blend of fantasy, history, romance, and mystery. Fascinating characters, from the tragic to the humorous populate in medieval world of Nova Europa. I especially like the strong female characters who use their brains, feminine wiles, magic, and their political connections to change their world. These women operate within the constraints of their roles as queens, princesses, and noblewomen but exhibit every bit as much power as men, without dueling with swords. Several forms of magic work in Nova Europa, sometimes in opposition to each other. Mysteries, from the overarching questions of Afanasy¿s parentage and the evil one¿s identity, to the small questions about magical dolls, increase the suspense. Amusing situations, witty dialogue, and sarcastic comments keep the reader laughing just enough to offset the sorrow over the horrific battle scenes and the death¿s of major characters. Although quite different from most fantasy worlds, Nova Europa is a delightful place to visit and I look forward to Rob Reginald¿s future fantasy novels.