A Magic of Twilight: Book One of the Nessantico Cycle

S. L. Farrell, Author . DAW $24.95 (546p) ISBN 978-0-7564-0466-6

Farrell (the Cloudmages trilogy) entices fantasy readers into the lush—and dangerous—land of Nessantico, where aging ruler Marguerite ca’Ludovici prepares to celebrate her Jubilee. Marguerite’s son, Justi, schemes to take her place, while Jan ca’Vörl, a powerful noble at the edge of the empire, plots armed rebellion. Archigos Dhosti ca’Millac, leader of the Concénzia Faith and Marguerite’s staunch ally, struggles to control fundamentalists like Orlandi ca’Cellibrecca as they clamor for action against the Numetodo heretics, who claim the magic talent called Cenzi’s Gift has nothing to do with religious faith. Trapped in the middle of all this is young priestess Ana cu’Seranta, whose impressive magical ability has made her a pawn in the multilayered power struggle. Farrell easily wields an immense cast of characters, many of whom take narrative turns. Readers who appreciate intricate world building, intrigue and action will immerse themselves effortlessly in this rich and complex story. (Feb.)

Reviewed on: 12/24/2007
Release date: 02/01/2008
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