cover image MYSTIC WARRIOR: Book One of the Bronze Canticles

MYSTIC WARRIOR: Book One of the Bronze Canticles

Tracy Hickman, Laura Hickman, . . Warner Aspect, $24.95 (448pp) ISBN 978-0-446-53105-4

Three universes converge—faerie, goblin and human—in this impressive and provocative fantasy, the first of a new series from bestseller Tracy Hickman and her Dragonlance cocreator, Laura Hickman. Galen Arvad, a newly married blacksmith, struggles to discover the nature of a dream state connecting him with inhabitants of the faerie and goblin realms. Galen tries to hide this uncanny connection, but fails when he runs afoul of the Dragon Priests in Benyn Township, whose people equate magic with insanity. Galen's wife, Berkita, and his dwarf friend, Cephas, vow to rescue him. Meanwhile, Galen strives to understand how his fate intermingles with the destiny of a faerie Seeker who wishes to aid her war-torn people and a goblin toiling amid the vast mechanical machines left by Titans. This emotionally intense novel's meticulously crafted magical system and likable characters evoke an atmosphere both timely and timeless. While lively action sequences and rich descriptive passages provide plenty of excitement, mature examinations of politics and individual responsibility lend philosophical weight and emotional poignancy. Sure to hit many bestseller lists, this is a fine example of socially conscious and unpredictable imaginative fiction. (Apr. 20)