Pandora Drive ), everyone in the country of Athymar suddenly falls asleep. On awakening, mos"/>

Godfire Book 1: The Orchard of Dreams

Tim Waggoner, Author . Five Star $25.95 (339p) ISBN 978-1-59414-445-5

At the start of this workmanlike fantasy from horror writer Waggoner (Pandora Drive ), everyone in the country of Athymar suddenly falls asleep. On awakening, most people have gained a minor magical ability (e.g., one man can change his eye color). "The Change" has a more significant effect on others, including Tarian Ambrus, a former soldier. Tarian is now a healer, but he can no longer hold a weapon. Tarian's wife, Lowri, suffers an even more unpleasant change. For Lowri's sake, Tarian and his son, Phelan, join a quest to find the source of the magic and a way to stop it. The group, which grows to include a royal wizard, a priestess-adviser to the queen of Athymar and an Eyslk (an elf type), trots along its merry way as if its members were heading for a picnic in the park. Hopefully, the action will ramp up in the second book. (July)

Reviewed on: 05/22/2006
Release date: 07/01/2006
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