I love this set. I had read them some years ago and was delighted to rediscover them recently. I wish Hambly had written more than the three books about Joanna and Antryg!
Excellent series - the Windrose Chronicles was great.
Excellent sequel to The Silent Tower. Joanna sneaks back into Ferryth on the heels of Suraklin to save Antryg, and of course the world.
While I did like the book immensely, I had some nitpicks. With Antryg under guard and incapable of doing magic, why did Caris never ask how Joanna got back? That alone would have saved a bunch of doubting. And we never really find out why Suraklin needed Joanna in the first place, he did just fine using Gary. Seemed like those were just to further the plot.
The books are not exactly without stereotypes and basic fantasy tropes, but still - well done, good world-building, lots of action, appealing characters and of course a happy ending.
it w as impossible, Joanna knew. When she betrayed her lover Antryg Wildrose to the council, he had been sentences to death.
Then she had believed his brain was possessed by the Dark Mage
Siraklin, thought how she knew it that Suraklin had chosen Gary Franklin. But guilty or innocent Antryg was separated from her by the awesome Void between the worlds, from any hope of a rescue.
Neverthe less, she had to save him. Siraklin was planning to gain immortality by placing his mind in a computer that would get ity power by draining the life-force from all on both worlds, dooming everyone to eternal misery and hopelessness. And onl; Antryg wss strong enough a wizard to challenge the Dark Mage.