France, 1680 A.D.
Liara’s defense of the Wizard Nagarath has rendered Anisthe incantate—bereft of allmagick—but even this has failed to guarantee Liara’s safety. The death of the war mage wouldseal Liara’s own fate, and so the wizard and his bookminder must keep him in their sites and yetas far away from themselves as possible.
With nothing but a storybook and a hunch, Anisthe has set off on a journey across Europe,aided by his half-fey manservant, in search of a legendary mirror that contains the mostpowerful magick ever known. Although the stuff of fairytales, the merest possibility of its truthembarks Nagarath and Liara on a race to discover the mirror before it falls into the hands of Nagarath’s lifelong foe. Both know should he lay claim to that power, Liara would be at themercy of her father-in-magick and his lust for power, and not even Nagarath could save her.
Thus, the pair find themselves at the court of the Sun King, a world hostile to magick users,hopelessly surrounded by agents whose sole purpose is destroy them. Uncertain whom is friend or foe, with Anisthe nipping at their heels, they must unearth the mirror before its evil isreleased, or worse, lays claim to Liara’s magick as well and brings doom upon them all.
As this fabulous book is going back on tour I wanted to share my review again ahead of sharing my mum’s views as she has also just read the trilogy!
I was completely surprised by this story, it was really, really good, well written, but it had lots of added extras I wasn’t expecting!
I love books set in this period but this one you will see from the blurb it is different to the usual historical fiction books that I read so I went into reading it with an open mind and I have to say it was excellent!
The characters are great, very well developed and they worked brilliantly with the story. The plot is really good and the planning to execute the story so well and with such great detail is brilliant – it really is an excellent story, I was intrigued right from the start and the ending is perfect for the book!
Although this is the second book in the series, I haven’t read the first one yet so I would say that this works fine as a stand alone. I will be looking to get my hands on the first one shortly to get more of the back story to the series!
Five stars from me – I really enjoyed the story and it will be one I very highly recommended!!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
M. K. Wiseman has degrees in Interarts & Technology and Library & Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her office, therefore, is a curious mix of storyboards and reference materials. Both help immensely in the writing of historical novels. She currently resides in Cedarburg, Wisconsin.
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