In Stone's Clasp
(Luna, 2005. U.S. $13.95 / Canada $16.95 trade paperback, 457 pages.
book picks up where On Fire's Wings left off. The Flame Dancer
Kevla-sha-Tahmu has found her Companion, the great red Dragon, but she
has lost her Lorekeeper. Now she must find the others -- Stone, Sea,
Wind, and Soul -- for together they must fight to save the world from
destruction by the Emperor and the Shadow.
Desert-born Kevla journeys into the far frozen north, seeking the
Stone Dancer. She finds the land locked in an unnatural winter. In searching
among the people there, Kevla meets the girl Mylikki, and learns of
the Ice Maiden -- a supposedly mythical sorceress whose magic now keeps
the world frozen. So Mylikki joins them as a native guide, and now they
have two tasks: finding the Stone Dancer and breaking the frigid
grip of the Ice Maiden.
Meanwhile, the Stone Dancer has problems of his own. Jareth Vasalen
has long been able to call forth the spring, at the right time each
year. His magic gives him a special sense for the land, its plants and
creatures, his whole world. Yet now that power seems to have deserted
him, for he cannot dismiss the terrible long winter. When he comes home
from a hunting expedition to find his family frozen to death, Jareth
becomes despondent and savage with grief. He goes in search of the blue
tiger gods of his people -- but they are not what he believes them to
In Stone's Clasp tells a tragic and vibrant story of people
struggling to survive against terrible odds. Expect the unexpected,
for Christie Golden is the master of dire twists! Fantasy and dark fantasy
fans will love this. Highly recommended.
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