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. Volume XXI Number 9 . . . . October 31, 2014
The second volume in the series following the first book, Shade and Sorceress, (Vol. XIX, No. 7, Oct. 19, 2012) continues the tale of the teenage schoolgirl turned Shang sorceress-in-training, Eliza, and her conflict with the evil Xia sorceress, Nia. Eliza’s powers are growing, but Nia has escaped from her prison in the Mancer’s fortress and is on the loose, causing havoc and seeking vengeance.
In her quest, Eliza is joined by her best friend, Nell, who is bored with school, and by Charlie, the shape-shifter. Together, and sometimes separately, they journey to the alternate world of Tian Zia and follow the trail of destruction left by Nia. They are aided by a collection of strange and often magical characters, including an elf warrior and a witch. Even the dragons are on Eliza’s side. Because Eliza is not as powerful as Nia, she must use all the help she can gather to track the powerful sorceress down and try and restrain her. Part of Nia’s strong motivation for the havoc she is causing is her search and desire for the punishment of someone from her past who is also well-known to Eliza. To delay Eliza’s pursuit, Nia sends an almost unstoppable magical monster to kill the young sorceress’ mother.
The book consists of some 270 pages, plus a one page of acknowledgments and a one page “About the Author,” including a b&w photograph. There are two black and white maps in the front pages, one map of the magical land of Tian Di, and the other of Eliza’s world, Di Shang. The story is divided into 23 chapters.
Built around an imaginative and complex plot, the story contains well-developed characters that should engage the reader. This book will appeal to young readers who enjoy reading complicated adventure and fantasy tales, magical mythical creatures, and the not-always-straightforward struggle between Good and Evil.
Ronald Hore, involved with writer’s groups for several years, dabbles in writing fantasy and science fiction in Winnipeg, MB.
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