Book five of the Magic Kingdom of Landover series.
Former Chicago lawyer
Ben Holiday was proud and happy. And why not? The Magic Kingdom of
Landover, which he ruled as High Lord, was finally at peace, and he and
his wife, the sylph Willow, could watch their daughter Mistaya grow.
grow she did - shooting through infancy in months, learning to walk and
to swim in the same week. Mistaya had been born a seedling, nourished
by soils from Landover, Earth, and the fairy mists, come into being in
the dank, misty deadness of the Deep Fell. With dazzling green eyes that
cut to the soul, she was as lovely as her mother, and Ben wanted
nothing more than to enjoy his daughter's childhood and his peaceful
kingdom forever. But his idyll was interrupted when Rydall, a king of
lands beyond the fairy mist, assembled armies on Landover's border and
threatened to invade unless Ben was able to defeat Rydall's seven
Some counseled the High Lord to refuse Rydall's
challenge, but Holiday could not, for Mistaya had been snatched from her
guardians by foul magic. And Rydall held the key to her fate . . .
MY RATING: 3 STARS
And my GoodReads review (sorry it's another short one):
I think I'm having a review burnout lately...
took awhile for this one to get going, and I never really did warm up
to Mistaya. She was too...precocious. She just knew everything, and she
only went along with the grownups' wishes because it was her obligation,
and she was just so special and *raspberry*. It was pretty predictable,
even more so than the others in the series. I mean, I KNEW who Rydall
of Marnhull was the first time he showed up at Sterling Silver! There
was no point in dragging it out!
In the end, this one got three
stars for three reasons. 1) There was plenty of Strabo, and I love
Strabo. 2) Abernathy's dilemma of being transformed back into a man,
only to have to face becoming a dog again to save everyone just made me
love him even more. 3) Finally! We got rid of Nightshade! At last!
Your humble book nerd,