Eleanor has been bound to the hearth by her evil stepmother, Alison, an Elemental Earth Master. As Eleanor begins to come into her own power as an Elemental Fire Master, she learns to circumvent the bond holding her to her home & hearth. She must hurry if she is to save the man she loves from death by Alison's minions
Another entry in the Elemental Master series, though stands alone as well. A little depressing, recognizable elements of venerable old fairy tales, porbably not my favorite in the series, though I enjoyed it.
In the middle of a fantasy novel about magic and romance, I encountered some of the most realistic and honest writing dealing with the horror of WWI. Welcome and surprising. Not the most accesable novels in this series, but one of the best.
Another wonderful book by one of the most consistant and inventive authors in the fantasy field. I learned more about World War I in England from this book than I did from my history classes in high school and college. And the mythic elements are handled with Mercedes' usual dexterity.
I have truly enjoyed this series and this is my favorite. The setting of WWI England is honest and believable as are the characters. Very well plotted and drawn out. Even though it is loosely based as a Cinderella story complete with wicked stepmother and evil stepsisters it is definitely a realistic dramatic story in a wartime setting. There is, as always with Lackey, romance, elements of fantasy and complete systems of magic thrown in.
What I don't understand about this series is why most lists of this series, with this site being the exception, list this as book 3 instead of book 4. The series list inside my copy of "The Wizard of London" claims that it is the 4th book when it is in actuality the 5th. For some reason it lists book 1 as "The Serpents Shadow" and completely drops the actual first book "The Fire Rose" off the list.
Oh well, just wondering. I have read book 2, 3, 4, and 6 of the series and loved them all.