ebook: 17 pagesPublished December 13th 2011
Kindle Edition: 549 pagesPublished March 25th 2012
Magic, enchantments, dragons…all fantasy books have any or all of these, but the land of Sye, also gives us dragonettes, Maji’kers, and Enchanters, with their seductively flavoured kisses, which impart to the recipient the essence needed for the particular magic practiced in this book.
Our story continues from the prequel, Wrath (above review), with Lanith searching for her missing husband, Tredan, who disappeared during an attack at their magical curio shop. Ghosts and Enchanters (one in particular!) guide and aid her in her search, along with her and Tredan’s little dragonette, whose loyalty goes beyond the norm.
Lanith searches through the worlds of the living and the dead for Tredan, in a race to find him before the ‘Chuch Magicians’, enemy of the Enchanters (think “Inquisition”, sort of), either stop her, kill her or destroy his ghost, and in the process, finds rest in a love which fills the void left by her husband’s passing.
Tredan’s Bane tale is a beautifully crafted tale, although initially it was difficult to get into. This is in NO way due to any shortcomings of the book, but rather the fact that I had those heretofore mentioned ‘preconceived notions’!
This world of fantasy and magic is such a complete removal from any other…at least in my experience; it is imperative that, to savour every tittle and morsel of the world of Sye, the reader must forget all s/he has ever ‘learned’ about other worlds before venturing into this one!
My suggestion would be that, before entering through the gates of Sye, the reader first visit what was once called the ‘Welcome Center“ which Ms. Burke created on her website, which explains their culture…and their unique magic!
But even if you wait until your journey to Sye is over (which should take awhile, since this book doesn’t signify the end of the journey!), Ms. Burke’s site is still worth a visit.