The 2nd book in the Banned and the Banished series, this book is just as good as the first. It is full of rich detail, strange characters both good and evil, and so much intrigue you think you'd be lost. But Clemens keeps a handle on all the characters and plotlines. The surprises keep coming, though, and Elena and her band are constantly on edge trying to keep one step ahead of the Dark Lord on their way to retrieve the Blood Diary and save their land from the blackest evil.
Wonderful character development, and I like a book that allows the reader into the thoughts of all the characters, not just the main hero or heroine. Really well written, and not a chewed up and spit out replay of a lot of fantasy novels out there today.
the series just keeps getting better.
I read this book a long time ago and loned my copy to a few people. They all loved it. It is a bit different but in the best way. I have read all the books in this collection and they are all great. I am glad I did not read them when they first come out. Waiting the next book would have killed me.
I love the characters and story line. I never get bored with Clemen's story line!
From Publishers Weekly...
Clemens continues his carefully constructed epic fantasy adventure (begun in Wit'ch Fire) about Elena, a young farm girl destined to be the "wit'ch" of ancient prophecy who will save her land from all-consuming evil, or die trying. The novel opens with Elena and her companions setting off for the legendary lost city of A'loa Glen, to use the magic of the Blood Diary hidden there to defeat the dreaded Dark Lord. A motley and fantastic crew accompanies Elena, including an immoral warrior with a dark past, a half-breed og're, a silver-haired elv'in, a tree-loving nyphai and a pair of si'luran shape-shifters. As Elena struggles to control the magic of the scarlet Rose on her right hand, the adventurers are beset by minions of the Dark LordAand by internal treachery. Meanwhile, at A'loa Glen, Elena's brother, Joach, snatched by a demon in the preceding novel, has been magically enslaved to Greshym, who serves the Dark Lord by posing as one of the good clerics sworn to protect the lost city from evil. Another side plot introduces Sy-wen, a young ocean-dwelling mer'ai destined to fulfill an ancient prophesy herself: summoning A'loa Glen's protector, the mighty dragon Ragnar'k.
Interesting characters and plot.